Today I am sharing a poem from my novel in verse, The Complete Book of Aspen. The F Word is written in the triversen, (also known as “verset”) poetry form— a six-stanza poem in which each stanza is composed of one single sentence, broken into three lines.
When Aspen learns the man who raised her was not her biological father, she struggles to forgive her mother for her deception. Many of you know I based the book on my true DNA experience. When a DNA test exposed this closely guarded family secret, it caused a rift between my mother and me (and Aspen and her mother). I am still struggling with the F Word. Forgiveness is hard!
The F Word Forgiveness is a marathon, not quick, never easy. It’s warming up, taking the first step and then another. It’s leaving anger at the starting block, along with bitterness. Forgiveness is uncomfortable, like hot sun on exposed skin. It’s falling and getting up again, despite the fatigue. I’m still running, I see the finish line, but I’m not there, not yet. ©Poem from the novel, The Complete Book of Aspen by Danna Smith
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