For my omniscience paid I toll
In infinite remorse of soul.
All sin was of my sinning, all
Atoning mine, and mine the gall
Of all regret. Mine was the weight
Of every brooded wrong, the hate
That stood behind each envious thrust,
Mine every greed, mine every lust.
And all the while for every grief,
Each suffering, I craved relief
With individual desire, –
Craved all in vain! And felt fierce fire
About a thousand people crawl;
Perished with each, – then mourned for all!
- Edna St. Vincent Millay - Excerpt from Renascence (1917)
Atonement is an act of reparation made for the goal of reconciliation. I’ve had more than my share of things to ask forgiveness for.