Land of forgiveness, freedom land,
if you exist,
show me in,
let me emigrate to your realm
of balm and peace.
Allow some ease after miles of
short steps over hot sand--take me
to your mount surcease from sorrow,
from my sins.
I could have done more.
Each day I count the ways
I might have been better.
Today I count this:
Those afternoons I leave him in
his unawares, in the palms of others
to walk the dog, to roll in water
like a log, to pour sun on me.
Let me forgive myself,
amend my life across your border.
I accept your hand of charity.