Mike, thanks for a beautifully written poem, one that was appreciated by many of the women on the site.

But I wonder, has anyone thought about how the title and the last line color your entire message?

“Forgive” according to the dictionary means:

  1. To grant pardon for or remission of (an offense,debt, etc.); absolve.
  2. To grant pardon to (a person).
  3. To cease to feel resentment against

In other words, desire — the deepest and most powerful force that lives in the heart of every man — is an offense. Like you, we are all guilty of something for which we must be absolved.

It’s totally f*cked up that this idea passes by undetected at best, and admired or celebrated at worst.

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