If Guilt Is Real

This poem is a pantoum about two different views of guilt.

If guilt is real, it must be true;
I will not want to show my mind.
If guilt is false, my life is new;
A world of joy is what I’ll find.

I will not want to show my mind;
I will expect attacks from you.
A world of joy is what I’ll find;
My love extends to all I view.

I will expect attacks from you;
I have attacked my guilty foes.
My love extends to all I view;
My mind transmits all that it knows.

I have attacked my guilty foes;
I thought that they’d attack me first.
My mind transmits all that it knows;
My heart emits a joyful burst.

I thought that they’d attack me first;
And now I feel my guilt remains.
My heart emits a joyful burst;
My will is free—no one restrains.

And now I feel my guilt remains;
If guilt is real, it must be true.
My will is free—no one restrains;
All guilt is gone, my life is new.

(written January 2020)

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