The Mistake

Power sees it and punishes.
Mercy sees it and forgives.
Fear sees it and pretends it doesn’t.
Anger sees it and doesn’t forget.
Wisdom sees it and seeks to change.
Shame sees it and piles on.
Compassion sees it and understands.
Apathy sees it and doesn’t care.
Friendship may see it before it happens.
Love sees it and loves anyway.
Vanity never looks.

Play Notes: I dashed off this poem after a recent mistake that I regretted very much. By the time I finished, I was feeling better. If you're burdened by a mistake or regret, try playing with it on paper and see if a poem arises.