Redemption: A Poem

Redemption: A Poem



I think it is healthy to doubt 

your own goodness, to once in a while 

remember that you climbed the biological 

ladder from a lagoon of parasites and chemicals. 

I think it is healing to remember 

that we are all capable of the worst. 

Like Mandela who signed off on the bombing of malls;

or Tolstoy who had his slaves shot to settle debts; or

St. Paul who organized death squads against Christians; 

or Malcolm X who prostituted women for drugs.

To walk humbly and to hold the hand of victims. 

What more can redeem the disaster?   


George Cassidy Payne

Rochester, NY