Kiss and Make Up

To give a nod to National Kiss and Make Up Day, I’m reflecting on the word Forgiveness in Dictionary for a Better World. The poetic form today is a Quatrain, which is a poem or stanza of four lines with a rhyme scheme such as aabb or abab or abcb, or not rhymed at all.


Forgiveness: the keys to freeing the soul

Forgiveness: a weight-lifted mental toll

Forgiveness: a stain-erased stone-throwing judge

Forgiveness: a love-choosing heart to budge

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*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.

3 Replies to “Kiss and Make Up”

  1. Kim,
    I like the format here, but mostly I like the ideas about forgiveness. Once I realized forgiveness is more about myself than others, it became easier.

    I missed a few days writing poems while babysitting, Today I wrote a golden shovel for exercise. I’m moving chronologically through D4aBW.

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    1. Thank you, Glenda. I’m so glad that you are enjoying the book. I like the way that you are allowing the book to make a difference in your life. I find it so refreshing and energizing to simply take a word a day and really ponder it. I wish it could be a world-wide One Read. Our world needs readers like you who not only read, but who also allow their reading to make a difference.


  2. Kim, I love the format of your forgiveness quatrain. Also the hyphenated words bring more interest and take time to ruminate on the implications. I especially liked: “stain-erased stone-throwing judge” and “a love-choosing heart to budge” – Forgiveness!

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