Repentance

This poem is written from the perspective of a conqueror who has killed countless people in the process of conquering new lands. I was reading a book named “Ines of my soul” which is a work of historical fiction describing the bloody conquest of Chile by Spanish conquistadores, and the book inspired this poem.

The image below is a painting in the Vatican City Museum
DSC03122 (2)The mirror is now in front of me

Reminding me it is time, finally

To face my crystal clear reflection

Be aware of my hideous imperfections

See the scars of experiences unpleasant

Face my darkest fears that are omnipresent

Bringing to surface secrets buried deep

Secrets that torment me in my sleep

I am face to face with the person

Who can change my life, that’s the one

Who spells out the truth, naked and stark

Who reveals the side of me that is dark

Can’t run away from my innermost soul

Every grave error will exact its toll

My demons will haunt me until I repent

Each mortal crime deserves a punishment

This mirror has brought me down to my knees

Penance I seek, Lord, pardon me please.

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