At first, we hear what we want to hear
Smooth as the silvered tongues speak
We see the good we believe is in others
Imagining all that we want them to be

Eventually this dismissive veil is lifted
We are left to see the human beneath
Leaving us confused and conflicted
How could this be the same person I see

It reflects not those who deceive
Rather the good-hearted person
The ones who fought to believe
To accept even with such flaws

Something wonderful could be found
If one dared to give a second chance
With a gift of forgiveness so profound
For some this truly is their saving grace

Mistakes are not to be punished eternally
Tho not all the flawed can be redeemed
To know that some dare to love so greatly
Leaves hope for those desiring to change

Just looking for thoughts, advice, things you like or dislike of this rough draft free verse poem. Thank you for taking the time to read it. -WW