The Atonement

    “The Atonement,” Ensign, Feb. 2011, 12

    The Atonement

    My happiness and peace

    seemed forever gone,

    leaving only regret—

    until I saw the blackened earth.

    One bad decision and a forest

    was destroyed—

    or would have been

    except for the saving grace

    and promise of new life

    evidenced in small green shoots

    pushing through the ashes.

    Photograph by David Stoker