The pleasures of revenge

Imagine sharing the secrets to a lover’s heart.
Confiding the opportunity to a lifelong dream.
A dream money cannot buy.
Trust, carelessly assumed,
And a best friend’s betrayal!

Something broods when deepest secrets are divulged
Something festers when one’s dream is hijacked
Revenge!
Retribution
How it bites and nibbles at conscience
A vigilante seeking justice
Insatiable
An itch demanding to be scratched

What happens when a grievance runs too deep
Entrenched in memory
And wedged in perspective
A mortal wound that can’t be cauterised
Stitches that can’t be disinfected
The only cure for sure is what vengeance can provide
And the satisfaction of wielding karma like a blade

It is said that vengeance is a double edged sword
But you long for that pain.
Compared to the one you feel,
You crave its searing pleasure
And the demolition of a treacherous foe

Cockatoo in a cage
Like vengeance, she sets you free
But you will not leave


Are there grievances too deep to forgive?

I’d love to hear from you.

I hope you are all safe.
Stay loving, and forgive but learn.

© judeitakali

31 Comments Add yours

  1. Hi Jude. I love your poem and agree with every word of it. But revenge definitely is a double-edged sword and is often followed by regret. I also don’t think that ‘two wrongs make a right.’

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    1. judeitakali says:

      The regret is definitely a major downside Kim, you’ve phrased the advice so well.🤗🙏🏾 Thank you.

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  2. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Revenge is not a good idea for its violence will haunt you. What is more important is to forgive everyone involved and to forgive yourself for contemplating and thinking about revenge. Violence is never the answer, Jude. Two wrongs certainly to not make a right. I believe in Divine Justice with the assistance of Life itself. “Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord.” That just popped in my head. xo

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m glad you said this Amy, the best part about religion is that it emphasizes forgiveness mostly. But there are crimes that can’t go unpunished and sometimes karma works in the shadows, where the offended can never know.

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      1. AmyRose🌹 says:

        I leave the judging to those who have the power to judge ….. not easy at times. That I do know. So many times I’ve caught myself judging in my thoughts which I immediately catch and correct. Karma yes I do understand. This in itself along with knowing one way or another Divine Justice is true, gives me peace.

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      2. judeitakali says:

        I agree with you entirely. However most people who leave justice to divine power only do so because they don’t have the power to carry out revenge themselves

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  3. In the midst of everything my ex put me through, I had known he would not always have the upper hand. I had wondered how I would behave. He is apparently nonplussed that I want nothing whatsoever to do with him. I have no problem with shutting him completely out of my life. That is enough for me.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you for sharing this. It would seem that moving on and learning from the past has served you quite well.

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  4. They say revenge is best served cold. Is it because that with time, you would have learnt that an eye for an eye isn’t exactly the best policy? Revenge might seem satisfying, yet its consequences are anything but.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Yeah I think you realise that revenge does not get back what you lost and then it’s a short step from there to despair, regret and guilt.

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      1. Oh yes. I completely agree

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  5. Era says:

    Good one !

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thanks alot Era

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      1. Era says:

        Anytime!

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  6. Dora says:

    Dear Jude, You capture the pain of betrayal, the knife-wound of a backstabber, so sharply. How many times I’ve wanted revenge! In these cases, sometimes I have lacked the power but many times I have: I’m grateful for the times I’ve lacked the power, grateful for the times trust in God’s justice stayed my hand when I had the power, and still grief-torn over the pain I administered to myself when poisonous revenge overpowered me and “I gave as good as I got.” Whatever satisfaction the moment gives, years of contrition erase it completely.

    Great job getting to core of rage, grief, and agony of betrayal – You can tell I have strong feelings about this too, can’t you? At my age, I should. 😉

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much for sharing with me Dora, I feel the emotion and the lessons you caution go really deep within 🥰🧡

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  7. asthaisha says:

    Loved it ♥️❤️❤️

    Like

    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Aisha

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  8. memadtwo says:

    There is no satisfaction in revenge. Not sweet but just multiplying the bitterness. Sometimes there is justice, but never peace. (K)

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I’m beginning to understand this 🧡😊 thank you 😊

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  9. I don’t always agree with revenge, but in some unique cases the thought of revenge seems very satisfying. Like when I think about the person who bullied me in high school for 5 years of my life…I could never forgive that, and I wish just once I could have given her a taste of her medicine 😂

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    1. judeitakali says:

      I understand but focusing on you, usually does the trick and ignoring them gives so much guilt

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  10. Sadje says:

    You’ve expressed the feelings of hurt and desire for revenge so well Jude. Excellent writing

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much dear Sadje

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  11. I loved your poem and also the apt pictures!❤️
    Grievances can be forgiven…after all we are humans and we definitely need someone by our side. We must make sure that our self-esteem is no way compromised.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Deep advice, a challenge to keep that self esteem up,a good support system would come in handy

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  12. I really enjoyed reading this! Indeed, revenge is a double edged sword and the longing to weild it might be irresistible. Great post! ✨❤️

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    1. judeitakali says:

      Thank you so much Rishika, I’m glad you appreciate the difficulty 🧡🤗

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