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I do not blame the cat who torments mice
Nor scold the child who overturns his food
I cradle both without e'en thinking twice
And reckon love a cause for gratitude.

But me--I mark my blameless days long gone
I dare not dream of innocence regained
While daily nightmares dwell on tasks undone.
My frank facade I know is frankly feigned.

Why not expand the compass of my ruth
Beyond the years which I excuse with youth?
Is universal innocence a truth
That's viable and worthy of acclaim?
To view all souls about me without blame
And in the end to lift my veil of shame.

-- JJM = #15 in the I Ching Sonnet Project


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Josh Mitteldorf, a senior editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at http://JoshMitteldorf.ScienceBlog.com. Read how to stay young at http://AgingAdvice.org.
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