Tag Archives | Forgiveness

Melanie Figg | What there is

I sloughed off the weight of him. The burden of shame rinsing off like water paint coloring the sink, fascinating & temporary. Ascending & delightful to ascend. This is what the prophets promise. This is what I have found at the end of struggle: a clear field, room to run. The pond is deep blue & chilling, jarring as any act of grace: an audible gasp, erotic & begging for […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Forgiveness

Within the eye of the storm is a 2012 documentary by director Shelley Hermon that tells the true story of Bassam Aramin, a Muslim Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, a Jewish Israeli, who were once sworn enemies engaged in armed struggle against each other. Today the men are friends and allies, working as members of Combatants for Peace to help Israelis and Palestinians understand each other’s narrative. Both are also members […]

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Rebekah L. Fraser | Stories we tell

My mother comes at me with the book spread open wide. She is pointing to a picture. She is yelling, face contorted by fear. Eyes wide. This is my introduction to the history of art, and it is my introduction to sex. I am six years old. For many years I will regard this moment as traumatizing. I will tell myself that the event shouldn’t have happened. The story I […]

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Suzanne Cottrell | Not enough time

Wishing I could slow down the passage of time, Needing to tell her one more thing. My mind, a blur of thoughts, like the fluttering of hummingbird wings. She lay motionless, I knew the urgency, but I couldn’t bring my words into focus. Unable to adjust the camera’s aperture. Her eyes closed; her grasp weakened. I needed her to know I never thought it was her fault. I should have […]

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