Tears Of Forgiveness: Poetry

Updated on June 26, 2020
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I love to rhyme, therefor, I write poetry and if my muse is awake I love to write short stories. My name is Ruby. I am a retired RN.

She stands at the window and wonders if she'll ever smile again?

They were a close-knit family, thinking they would always be lovers until the very end

What happened to make him lose hope and want to walk away?

The days grew long and tiresome, too much togetherness made him curse the day

He missed going to work, and missed his weekly pay

He missed adventure and everyday grew longer day after day












The children seemed to yell out louder and louder

Oh, he dearly loved them and couldn't be any prouder,

but each time they yelled pierced him like a knife

What happened to their blissful life?

They passed each other in the long hallway

Each looking down, with nothing left to say

Where could he go with this C virus on the rise?

Who would take care of them, his once longed for prize?

The day turned to evening, TV blaring news of a pandemic spike

He looked at his wife and children, thinking, " They need me, how could I possibly think of taking a-run-away-hike?

He then begins to weep

Thinking, " How could I let despair make me feel so cheap? "

" Pull yourself together " he uttered and makes a sacred vow

She wrapped her arms around him, together they cried tears of forgiveness and knew they would make it somehow.

© 2020 Ruby Jean Richert

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      Denise McGill 

      25 hours ago from Fresno CA

      That must be how many people are feeling right now. I know I feel like running away at times. Very moving.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      11 days ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathi. I agree. We need family, esp. in these trying times' Please excuse me for being so late answering your comment. Thank you my long time friend.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      11 days ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Audrey. Please excuse me for being so late. As you know, I've been having a difficult time getting over my son's death. I am feeling better. Thank you so much for coming to read this piece.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 weeks ago from Traverse City, MI

      Ruby, I feel the emotion as I read your words. This scenario is taking place around the world. The results may not always be as sweet as those in your poem, but you have given a voice to all those feelings.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      2 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      These times are very challenging.

      Everyone is thrust into a new way of life.

      Hopefully people can find happiness in the little joys that can bring them closer.

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      Kathi 

      3 weeks ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      The message in your poem is clear that we need to stay strong and look to our loved ones for strength . . . an important message to spread my old friend! Hugs . . .

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 weeks ago

      Beautiful poem indeed, Ruby, with a theme of the C-virus. At least man and wife both shed tears of forgiveness at the end and makeup. A wonderful contribution. Simply loved it!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      My entire life has been super-social and having to stay indoors is something I'll never get used to. I miss performing and I miss teaching...I miss people period! I live alone and I think it's a bit harder without a partner to talk to.

      Beautiful poem with a tiumphant ending.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nithya, " In the end love triumphs " So very true. Thank you so much!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 months ago from Dubai

      A beautiful poem. Being forced to stay indoors due to the virus can test our strength and patience.

      Your poem is a reflection of what is happening today in many families but in the end true love triumphs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Chris, thanks for thinking this piece is timely. Too much togetherness can be boring, plus the worry of finances can be daunting. Thanks for visiting this piece.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      You are so right in your synopsis. Tough times make people do selfish things. The message of this poem is timely. Thank you for sharing it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Umesh. Happy to see you. Thank you.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      2 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Nice poem. Well presented.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Nell. I know people who are getting depressed because of this pandemic, too much togetherness, worry about finances, etc. Hopefully everyone will see the need to stay together. Thanks so much for coming to visit my page.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 months ago from England

      Wow, this made me wonder how many men or women actually were planning this escape before the virus? Nicely put Ruby, and one to make you think!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Lora. I agree. Depression and worry can cause a host of disabilities, including irrationally thinking. I know there are families going through this during this time of uncertainty. Thanks so much for your input.

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      Lora Hollings 

      2 months ago

      This is a beautiful poem about love and redemption, Ruby. Realizing that walking out on those who need us most will, in the end, leave us feeling empty and useless. I love your message!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you Mark. I appreciate you coming to read this piece.

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      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Tender and heartwarming, Ruby.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Devika, you sound like me. I am a homebody. I only go out if it's necessary. I can always find something to do in my home. Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Manatita. I am glad that some places are opening up where you live. It was opening up here, but now the threat of a spike is causing a new awareness. I do mediate and it's true, it gives a feeling of calmness. Always glad to see you on my page. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Genna. Your comments are so uplifting, they make me feel proud that I write something that you think everyone should read. So many of my Hubber friends are gone, but I enjoy some of the new people who like poetry. Thank you Dear one. Hugs.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I love where I live isolated and don't go out a lot. I do not miss much as I am happy where I am. Shopping is quick and back home. Thank you for this interesting hub.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      Some are open, in fact a lot! Just pubs, clubs and restaurants to go, but they are doing take-aways.

      I feel no fear, or perhaps I do, as I'm human. Right in the beginning of March, I wondered about food as I'm 68. But I have been shopping and walking with no restrictions.

      I just left an answer on the forum. It is true. Meditation makes the mind so much quieter! We fear very little, if at all.

      Within boredom is fear, insecurity and isolation. They are friends and most humans feel them, as they are not used to feeding the soul. We also all wish to live for ever and there was a strong fear of dying and the worries of the after life in many!

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      Genna East 

      2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Faith, love and hope...this is a must read for everyone, everywhere. You have such a genuine heart and talent, Ruby! Hugs dear friend, and thank you for sharing this.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Manatita. How are you doing in England? Good I hope. Have businesses opened up there? Happy you came to visit. Stay safe and happy.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Mar. If you're not careful you're 'gonna make my head swell. You say the sweetest things and I feel proud that I love to write and friends like you enjoy my stories/ poems. Take care my long time friend, Hugs.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi William. It's not easy to forgive someone who has hurt you, like the character in my piece. I guess he had a wife who understood and was willing to forgive him. So happy you came by to read this piece. Thank you.

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      manatita44 

      2 months ago from london

      What a sweet and charming piece, Ruby. Sometimes the adversary, brings out the worst and best in all of us. Stay well this Sunday!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi James. I hope my story was inspiring enough to make people know that staying together during difficult times builds a stronger bond. Thanks so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Frank. Sooo good to see you. I missed your stories! So glad you liked this one. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Clive. I am strong and so are you. We will get through this together. Remember how beautiful the sun is after a storm? Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kyler. Your comment is so inspiring. We all can learn from your ability to survive under any circumstance. It gives me a sense that together we will make it. Love is the key. Thanks so much.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi John. You and your wife are lucky that you both have an outlet with your lifestyle. It is important to stay busy or boredom sets in, then depression can cause havoc in the family. Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Doris. I agree with you, whether you're still in the workforce or retired, too much togetherness can get boring, even planning a meal can get old. We have one restaurant that is serving, you call and order then pick up and eat at home. My husband is writing his memoirs which is keeping him busy and Hubpages is a life savior for me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Maria Jordan 

      2 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      I love how you write straight from the heart - about what many couples and families are experiencing during these days.

      Although I know you were (are still) an amazing nurse, you would have been an outstanding news reporter. The world needs your hopefulness, Ruby - I know I sure do.

      Love you and hugs, mar

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      William Kovacic 

      2 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Beautiful and timely, Ruby! I have a feeling the scenario is probably lived out many times during these days of the virus, but I wonder how many times there is forgiveness.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Jason. I guess I wrote a whirlwind account of inward feelings, the father wanting to leave and feeling remorseful that he's even thinking along those lines. I appreciate you coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Peggy. I am hopeful that better days are coming. I remember my mother talking about the flu epidemic that went through America, she lost a newborn and a 7 year old boy. They must of felt hopeless as many do today. Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Shauna. Your comment is so uplifting. Hopefully it will inspire people who are struggling and can't seem to cope with this time of uncertainty. Thanks a whole bunch.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Shannon. I was hoping that this piece would convey a sense of hopefulness. Thank you for thinking so. Peace

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Brenda. I agree. If a family survives this pandemic they will be stronger and surely be able to withstand anything. So glad you came to visit.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Anupam. So glad you liked my story. Thank you.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Ann. I think it must be more difficult on young people with children. I am not seeing many smiling people in my little town. The only business to open here is a beauty shop, one restaurant and Walmart. Thanks for coming by.

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      James C Moore 

      2 months ago from The Great Midwest

      The quarantine has got to be the biggest challenge in these times. I'm sure your verse spoke to many.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hi Pamela. I have a neighbor who appears depressed. They both have jobs and have been home for weeks. Hopefully this will end soon, but I don't think we'll ever forget the struggling times. Thank God we like to write, that keeps me busy and happy. Thanks for coming by.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Greg. I can imagine how it would feel if I were a man not knowing when the next paycheck was coming and children to think about. I imagine there is some depression out there. I love a happy ending too, glad you do too. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      2 months ago from Shelton

      I like the message here.. Direct and to the point... In poetry fashion loved it

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      Clive Williams 

      2 months ago from Jamaica

      very imaginative piece here Ruby. Keep strong girl

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      Kyler J Falk 

      2 months ago from Corona, CA

      Everyone's strength has been tested during these times, and you captured the determination we all have deep within us perfectly. We slip up, we start to get overwhelmed, but we come back stronger and grounded in what truly matters with a reinforced passion.

      I hate being thrown in the crucible, but I always come out reforged and stronger than ever; this poem reminds me that no matter what anyone else thinks, I'm still here striving for greatness!

      Bittersweet, but most definitely more sweet for me. Wonderful poem, Ruby!

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, this is a heartbreaking poem that describes the situation many families may be experiencing at the present time. It isn’t something we see or hear on the news but it is a silent problem with many people out of work and being forced to stay home, having to spend every hour in each other’s company.

      My wife and I are fine because we already spent most of our time at home together but have our seperate activities, (writing and craftwork) so we can do our own thing, but we have also been gardening and renovating together. You have to find a balance. Great job.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Eric. I can see how easy one can get depressed during these troubling times. I feel for the family's who are struggling financially and a complete change in their daily routine. Happy you liked the ending, Thank you much.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 months ago from Beautiful South

      Ruby, this poem speaks not only to all the families who are confined together because of the C virus, but it speaks to those of us who are retired and must endure each other's company anyway. At least before the virus, one of us could walk out and go shopping or to a movie with a friend. LOL

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      2 months ago from AZ

      Nice job Ruby. That was a roller coaster of emotions. One minute I'm totally feeling melancholy, the next hopefulness.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Your piece reflects what may be happening in many households today. I am glad that the family in your article survived the ravages of the pandemic and living so close together. Hopefully, better days lie ahead!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Bill. I know people who are feeling acute despair over staying in. It really doesn't bother me that much, I'm a homebody and retired, but I can see how it might affect someone who misses going to work everyday, and of course, the paycheck. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 months ago from Central Florida

      Ruby, I'm sure this poem speaks to the many families who have been forced into quarantine, to take on roles normally left to others, with seemingly no outlet for relief. To remain strong is sometimes easier said than done. I love the direction this family took. May it serve as inspiration for those who are on the brink.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 months ago from Texas

      So sad at first and then very sweet and hopeful.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      2 months ago from Washington Court House

      Ruby,

      You have created the perfect poem for our time right now.

      I am sure many have had these thoughts. It is not easy when life throws these curve balls and changes our normal routine.

      However, if one survives it...I believe their relationship will be stronger than ever.

      Great one.

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      Anupam Mitu 

      2 months ago from MUMBAI

      Oh so sweet! Love story with tears

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      Ann Carr 

      2 months ago from SW England

      Glad this has a happy ending. It's not easy, sharing lives and dealing with everything it involves. Then along comes this virus to change so many things, not least the way we live. I have been lucky in that it's just an inconvenience for us but it could so easily be different.

      Well done with this, a short story in a rhyme - great!

      Ann

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I am glad there was forgiveness at the end. This article does reflect the stress that has probably been in many homes during the pandemic.

      Have a good weekend. Stay safe and healthy!

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      greg cain 

      2 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Nicely done! I love the way this tells the heartbreaking tale, describes the deepest inner turmoil, ends in a way that makes both partners realize they need each other. Who doesn't love a happy ending? Great work, Ruby!

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whahoo!! I really loved the ending. I was getting depressed there for a bit.

      And besides being done so well it is a great social commentary.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The new reality. I am incredibly lucky to be unscathed by this virus and its economic effects. I know there are millions out there feeling despair like your character here.

      Well done my friend. Stay safe and Happy Weekend to you.

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