Resentment

Resentment

Resentment

Resentment

Re-sent-ment.

Does that mean

What was meant

Is

Re-sent

Until

Its toxins dissipate?

Does it mean

All those past

Frustrations –

‘wish I’d said’,

‘wish I’d punched’,

moments –

come back to us

for round two, three, four…

to hassle us some more?

Why do we not

Deal with it then and there?

Resentment

Is the domain

Of the dutiful,

the loyal,

those who stay in, but

are gradually ground

down

and down

by demands –

within and without –

they cannot meet

but greet

with a smile,

hoping

that the cheery veneer

is opaque,

at least, for now.

HomeTonight

Resentment

A re-read, or perhaps, a re-listen, of Henri Nouwen’s book ‘Home Tonight‘ reminded me of the Christian ‘Parable of the Return of the Prodigal Son’ in Luke 15:11-32 .  The resentful character of the Elder Son reminded me of myself and many of us who, at times, feel we are doing our job but not really thriving in it nor being life-giving to others. 

Simon C.J. Falk          8 April 2015.

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