Heart Leaf by Cathy Ulrich


I knew I had forgiven you

when you came to me

in a dream.

It had been four years

since your passing.

And for the first time, ever, you came


to see me.

You wanted to know

how my life was.

What was important to me.

Who I had become.

You told me you were proud

to know me.

That you wished that you had tried

to know me

when you lived.

But from the other side

you saw.

Only when I had forgiven,

could you come

to me

and tell me

that you loved me.

©CathyUlrich and LargeSelf, 2012

35 comments on “Forgiveness

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Cathy!


  2. Until September 2010, I could have told a story of my mother when I was nine, and ended, with all the emotion of the moment, “She didn’t understand!” And in September 2010, I realised- Oh, she didn’t understand. All the pain drained away in that moment.


  3. Sydney Fong says:

    so sweet n beautiful, i love it.


  4. Peter K Ulrich says:

    Beautiful poem, sweetie.

    Love you.


  5. Cathy-That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this emotional piece. I also love your photo. In Light-Julie


  6. russtowne says:

    Thank you for sharing this special moment, Cathy. Forgiveness is so amazing, as are you my friend.


  7. Cathy Ulrich says:

    Thank you, kind Russ! I’m glad to be able to share it with you.



  8. Poetry and Musings says:

    WOW!!! So very heart-felt and from real experience emotion from the soul…now, THAT IS poetry!! Bravo!!! 🙂


  9. mimijk says:

    I am so happy to read that forgiveness has lightened your load and uplifted your heart. That your dad sought to show you his sorrow in the gentlest way possible and that you could recognize just how ‘ok’ you are (some of us think you’re way more than ok – by the way..:-))..Just beautiful.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you! It was a story that I wanted to share, but this poem just spilled out of me and it felt right to share the feelings and not the details. I so appreciate your support.



  10. beautiful writing, Cathy! It made me teary-eyed…!


  11. JanBeek says:

    I saw what you wrote to Gina and decided I needed to see the poem to which you referred. I am assuming this is it. It is a wonderful revelation from a heart as pure as that leaf you so beautifully captured and shared. May I borrow that leaf photo for a poem I would like to share on my blog? I look forward to seeing more of your writing, Cathy. Your voice speaks buckets to me! JanBeek ;o) xoxox


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. Yes, of course you may use the photo. I’m honored. And I will check out your site as well. Any friend of Gina’s is a friend of mine! 🙂




      • Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

        I am honored and blessed to have you wise and wonderful women in my life. You mean more to me than you may know! Love and hugs to you both!! xo 😀 Gina


  12. Gina's Professions for PEACE says:

    Oh my GOSH this is so incredible! It brought tears to my eyes right away, and tugged at my heart-strings of the times my Mom has come to me in dreams. This is profoundly written. I find it to be very healing for me. Bless your wise and beautiful heart Cathy!
    Love and Gratitude,


  13. boomiebol says:

    I love this….the honesty, the wisdom, the truth in it. I believe forgiveness is one of the best things we can do for others and more importantly for ourselves….this is beautiful and thank you for sharing it.


    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you! I so agree. Forgiveness frees us to live and love more fully. And BTW, thank you for the ping back on your site. I really just wanted you to know that I was rooting for you in the contest and I wanted my points to go to you!



  14. […] the contest even voted for me, thanks Chris, Meizac, and the lovely Amy over at The Bumble Files. Cathy generously gave me some of her own points after she dropped out of the […]


  15. Sheila says:

    Beautiful poem Cathy. Thank you for sharing this and allowing yourself to be vulnerable–there is such power there!



  16. Cathy,
    Beautifully written and heart-felt. Thank you for sharing – it will touch many who have felt a loss of a loved one and the power of forgiveness.

    Much love,


  17. jolynproject says:

    Beautiful poem. Thanks for sharing.


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