This is the 1979 version by Cheryl Barnes from the movie. I think it's even better than the original.
You brought home strays
Tended to their wounds
Helped them heal
and loved them all the more for biting you
You forgave your father
for hitting you
You forgave your mother
for not stopping him
You forgave your sister
You forgave your friends
for being traitors
You took every hurt
and made it a medal
to pin on your heart
But you could never absolve me
from loving you.
submitted for mindlovemisery, Prompt 4, Music and
Poets United, Poetry Pantry 150 and
Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Open Link Monday
ha. great last line...so much heart and compassion...even in a rough life...ugh...hard to forgive your way through a lot of that...but that only accentuates that last line...
That song is beautiful my god the emotion in that woman's voice could break my heart. Exquisite writing they say its through pain that we develop compassion and empathy, I think its true. Amazing inner strength and resiliency I still have some forgiving to do myself. Love that last line
Wow to the poem alone. And a double wow for the song you chose to include with it. Together, they take me back and also deeper into the present. I want to tell your character to trust those that love her, to know how much she is worth, to forgive is OK but to be open to more abuse is not.
A song of love and recognition of growth. I echo what Susan says. Hope that girl knows her worth. Great write.
This is an excellent post, both poem and song. Powerful.
Wonderful poem, and it speaks to something I have refused to face. It hurts, but I thank you for it.
I remember the year you were born, Ms Mouse, and I remember Hair the musical, and the movie. Long ago and far away, but as close as today, some days.
Some people deserve the unconditional love of one who sees them for who they are and accepts them with all their bruises. I found your poem very moving, and I beautiful song as inspiration.
this is fantastic, that last line wraps around the heart, a most tender and fierce hug.
Lola, you just gave me a song for our praise band; we do a lot of interesting material in worship.
This person in your poem seems almost a martyr, or else a saint! Some of those things are very hard to forgive. "How can people be so cold..." Easy.
The last line stopped me in my tracks. Thanks for this, Amy
This is one of my all time favorite songs ever. I have the Broadway soundtrack on vinyl and between this and Flesh Failures it's a wonder it even plays anymore.
You do it proud. This is tremendous.
Ah, forgiveness - SO important.:)
Excellent. This tipped the scale to smiling. Thx
Ah! the last line was a toast!!
Superb choice and a truly superb poem. Just "Wow!"
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