A TASTE OF VENGEANCE
At times it seems Forgiveness plays
A fleeting role in old clichés—
To be discarded or ignored
Depending on whose ox is gored
Or when a bitter teardrop drips
The taste of vengeance on the lips.
At first the tang is sickly sweet,
But quickly sours to vile conceit—
Dissolving conscience and regrets
With restless sleep and midnight sweats
Until it burns a ragged hole
Right through the substance of the soul.
Nobody wins a prideful war
Declared to "even up the score"
Once tongues are sharpened to berate
And rumor mills regurgitate
With no concern for pain or cost—
The longer fought, the greater lost.
So if we have been wronged (or not),
We should obey what Jesus taught—
To love thy neighbor as thy self
And leave our egos on the shelf,
For only love can heal the woe
One taste of vengeance can bestow.
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