it’d be nice to say

I hold no regrets


residual guilt

for wilful misdeeds

but of course

very few of us get to be that

maybe a beatified nun or two

the much never seen

sainted monk keeping his bees

& nose clean

but we are not like them

being messier people

growing up slow

if at all

with so very much on offer

without second thought

mindful of our others

so now we live

with our tainted knowledge

profane things we’ve achieved

possibly should not have done

things said

some left to silence

elided or hidden

diverted from

& hopefully all will

go to the grave

with me, us

along with this

innocent face

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