Nov. 1, 2012

Remorse

by Harlan Richards (author's profile)

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H A R L A N R I C H A R D S

October 2, 2012

The following poem won first place in the Restorative Justice category of the SCI Poetry Contest in the spring of 2012.

REMORSE

When I was a young man,
My ego outstripped myself.
Demanded always, me first,
But ended always, me last.
Couldn't tell me nothing,
'Cause I knew it all, my
Strength without wisdom
Begat only sorrow.

Now that wisdom
Has come to call,
My rear-view mirror shows me
The fool that I was, when
I thought I knew it all.

Strength grows in surrender,
Greatness accrues to the selfless
And I would gladly give
All that I am
to undo the harm done by
All that I was.

Harlton Richards

Perhaps by reading this poem others will be able to come to wisodom . . . before they come to prison

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Deblegs Posted 9 years, 1 month ago. ✓ Mailed 9 years ago   Favorite
Thanks for writing! I finished the transcription for your post.

BMS55 Posted 9 years, 1 month ago. ✓ Mailed 9 years ago   Favorite
Thats some good words of wisdom. Nice to know you realize how you once were and have changed it. Good for you

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