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how forgiveness feels:
like the game starts over
and this time I won’t keep score

how forgiveness looks:
a stoplight turns from red to green
I walk into the room and look them in the eye
I lean in when she whispers

how forgiveness tastes:
a warm tomato from the garden
mint or lemon tea
no indigestion

how forgiveness smells:
a clean house
wholewheat bread baking in the oven
after rain

how forgiveness sounds:
“I was wrong”
“Thank you”
like a song

Photo by Davor Denkovski on Unsplash

James Dewey

James Dewey's poetry has appeared in inscape, Irreantum, La Marca Hispanica, and Perspectives.  Originally from Boise, Idaho, James currently lives in Bogotá, Colombia.