Forgive Uncaring Critics and Blog Hogs

Forgive the blog hog who devoured your slice of cyberspace

And stole the wondrous spot you picked as your new domain place.

Forgive the person who debunked your subtle rise to power

By gobbling up the parking place you chose for this fine hour.


Because they know not what they do –

       At least, not as well as you,

       Or maybe they’re just feeling rather blue.

Therefore they have no space to share with you.

So, forgive them, for they know not what they do.

And while you’re at it…


Forgive the critic who just gave your book a bad review,

Requiring you to work much harder five stars to accrue.

To you, his words cut deeply, though for him they might ring true.

Perhaps he had a bad day where his website went askew

And could find nothing better than to take it out on you.


       Perhaps he knows not what is true,

       Or what the right thing is to do.

And has no idea how his words hurt you.

Or maybe he cannot see what is true,

And therefore he has no grace to share with you.

No matter why he wasn’t kind,

Try to forgive him, for he’s blind.

      And while you’re at it…


Forgive the ones who said they’d read your manuscript,

But it seems somehow as if they flipped the script,

Because you never got a firm rejection slip.

And now, as a result, you feel quite gypped,

As if you once stood on firm ground but then you slipped.


(As the scripture says, “Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.” – Proverbs 25:19. “However, “When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your mercy, O LORD, held me up.” – Psalm 95:18).


So forgive them, for they know not what they do,

And perhaps, concerning friends, they have too few.

Regardless of the reason they neglected you,

You really needn’t worry, fret or stew,

But should allow God’s grace to make things new for you.


(“Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:  fret not yourself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those who wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” – Psalm 37:8-9.  “Say not, ‘I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save you.” – Proverbs 20:22)





Author: C R Flamingbush

C.R. Flamingbush grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in German and linguistics. After working seven years for the Department of Defense (an easy job), she took on the most difficult challenge in the world: a lifetime career of raising four children. Along the way she developed a passion for writing Christian superhero fantasy. She enjoys humor because it's Biblical (see the second psalm) and she loves to make people laugh - whether through her writings, her art, or just by being herself. Writing fantasy is her way of poking fun at human foibles and all the ridiculous ideas that so easily beset the human race, while at the same time honoring God in every way she can. Flamingbush has been a member of Faithwriters since 2010, and several of her winning contest entries have been published by Fresh Air Press. She likes Fan Story and has been a Narnia fan since the age of ten. In terms of influence, she aspires to be the next C.S. Lewis but has quite a ways to go in that regard. Speed of Sight, a Superhero Adventure, is her first novel. A sequel is in the works.

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