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Forgiveness Totem

Tree give me shade to rest tired memories,
a bench to watch the world lap up my past
a shaded pathway to reawaken, to colour,
a child’s desire to escape foul memories.

Eagle, tell me to recover, to hunt anew
in the majesty of the sky, to soar unhurt,
in cloaking to shield elements of my soul
in its shedding, be thrice honoured anew.

Salmon, travel the rivers and seas home,
so that we may all be siblings in our sorrow,
so in the rebirth at the source, we can swim
so that a new honour can find its own home.

Orca, let our homage swirl past your eye,
to play with your cousins, in their great joy,
to allow the inner child out to romp in glee
to a tune that dries the tears in sorrow’s eye.

Say we all,
so we can heal,
learn in grace.

Kennet Benoît-Hutchins

About this poem

I lived in British Columbia for many years, loved walking in its forests: which in part gave incentive to the following.

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Written on December 25, 2008

Submitted by Kennet on December 26, 2021

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Kennet Benoît-Hutchins

A Canadian ambulatory Homo sapiens male, who muses and just sometimes, remembers to make note of a verse or two. Unionist with Unifor, accident adjudicator. Runs amok with words, occasionally coherent. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    Talking about other poets of years ago, I really like Crossing the Bar by Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1889 ! It is about his version of death, the final trip ! I am living the Bar right now so I understand.
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  • Dougla$Irishman
    I think I shall never see A poem as lovely as a tree by AJ Kilmer 1913, the golden age of the laurates ! Never to be equaled.!
    LikeReplyReport3 months ago
    • Kennet
      Joyce Kilmer was ever chastised for this poem, as being over simplified and old fashioned. I think, that sometimes, people try to over complicate art and forget that simple entertainment based on one's realty is oft the most appreciated - there being not much hidden within the shadows of the art viewed, read or heard. 
      LikeReplyReport3 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Very depictive poem and you do run with words - bravo !
    LikeReplyReport 14 months ago
  • Kennet
    I lived near British Columbia's Fraser River and drove it's length to go to work in Richmond (Vancouver). So during these trips these animals at various times were observed. Experiencing such eases the muse's travail. 
    LikeReplyReport 14 months ago
  • Soulwriter
    Wow I was really drawn into this. Excellent.
    LikeReplyReport 14 months ago


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