Forgiveness is not a solution.
It is not something that you talk about,
in order to persuade or gloss over,
when harsh memories bite.
Forgiveness will not erase the past.
It will not bring peace in a present moment,
or alter the course of an uncertain future.
It will never make things right.
Forgiveness has no influence over others.
It will not change minds, bring contentment,
or lay the black core of your bitterness to rest.
It has no purpose, no power to indict.
Forgiveness is a gift that you give to yourself.