Monday, October 22, 2018


Today is day 22 of OctPoWriMo 2018. Our theme today is about betrayal. We were given the opportunity to write a palindrome, but as I started to craft one I realized my lines were much better used in free verse. So that's what I did. I hope you enjoy this piece. 

Rod E. Kok
October 22, 2018

I am a hypocrite,
for I judge others.
Sometimes intentionally.
They have betrayed
I have done it worse.
Yet I condemn unfairly,
those who do
what I have done.
I pretend to be stronger
than those I deem
to be so much worse
than I.
How can I forgive
when all I do
is castigate others?

Truth speaks,
even if only
in my own mind.
Fixing myself should be
my only concern.
Forgiving myself,
showing grace
to this broken man
is the hardest thing
to do.
I know I am weak.
I know I am wrong.
I know I am
a hypocrite.


  1. The hardest things to admit are things that I are true. I don't see that about you, Rod, but I understand and feel the poem and your pain. When you admit something out loud it is easier to begin the healing process. Thank you for sharing!

    Your wordsmithing has really grown this month, btw.

  2. I feel you on this one, Rod. A lot of times I have to stop myself in the middle of a judgement and think, Ok, hold on.

    Lovely piece by the way :)