Nurtured Fire

This flame,

Too brief to harbor malice

Once the past

Has passed redemption.

Seething fury

Consumes the fuel

Better spent 

In loving glow.

Forgiveness is

Not a mercy 

Bestowed upon

The source of pain,

Rather more

A granted favor

To ourselves

To love again.

So please forgive,

Not for the other,

But for yourself

And grace attained.