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FORGIVENESS by tiffany kang

forgiveness, brown sugar sprinkled on your lips from a heaven that licks the plates of the homeless because no one else has an appetite for them. you didn’t deserve the sweet of all things, but it crawled in your lap anyways, mistaking guilt for an apology. forgiveness, the species of a mutilated god whose descendants are few but have hands big like hearts and hearts open like hands, its hands are open. like the rim of a beggar’s cup inviting you in, the upturn of heavy pockets, the Nile of change that runs ear to ear between seasons. we collapse at its mouth and drink mercy from the deep end. forgiveness is the blind child who doesn’t know he is, but wouldn’t care if he knew -he has seen enough to dig the blindness out from all of us. tell me, forgiveness, when they threw your body under the schoolbus did you think the children inside were laughing at you? when they blamed you for the war, did you speak and sleep easy? how does peace fall from broken jaws? where the does the stink of guilty breath go after it has raped the city air? and why does its whistle blow so carelessly into throats already silenced? do the doves cough blood when we twist each other’s necks? tell me, forgiveness why does your king still bother to spill fistfuls of perfume into our pores asking us daily if we have remembered him? so let us forget everything that comes easily, and remember instead, the choir of invisible children whose music wants nothing more than to bully the world into believing they still exist. remember the bombs erupting in your mother’s eyes the night you were born. how violently her universe shook as she heaved you from the rubble. but forgiveness is not a mother whose reason is to love you. forgiveness, in its past life, was a prisoner executed for a crime he did not commit. in this life, he knows best that you don’t always get what you deserve, but gives himself to you anyways.

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The WALK is the University of Pennsylvania's only fashion magazine. It is completely student-run, and our Winter 2012 issue was awarded "Mag...

The WALK - Winter 2012  

The WALK is the University of Pennsylvania's only fashion magazine. It is completely student-run, and our Winter 2012 issue was awarded "Mag...

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