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King Perry - Edmond Manning

“Forgive me, Perry.”
I wonder sometimes why we don’t have more words to express forgiveness. The words we use are so trite, so limited. How do you describe that first melting of a friend’s face after a vicious fight, the moment when you suddenly know that eventually, you will survive this. I have experienced the forgiveness of prison guards who let their anger melt into curiosity. The body expresses forgiveness before the brain agrees. Where are the words for those shifts that later evolve into full forgiveness?