- an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed.
- deliverance; rescue.
- Theology. deliverance from sin; salvation.
- atonement for guilt.
- repurchase, as of something sold.
- paying off, as of a mortgage, bond, or note.
“Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer, the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.”
— Richard von Weizsaecher, President of West Germany at the time of the reunification of East and West Germany
Body remembered what mind could not.
Remembered touch and voice, half-remembered nightmare of separation.
Memories that emerged in nightmare and vision, unease and hammering of heart in chest,
Tightened throat, in unexpected tears, in dread and trembling.
In inexplicable diffidence and folded around rage.
Adrift and foundering, failing, ashamed.
Until fragment became scene and page.
Until past and present and story fused,
Incomplete, but enough.
Until story led the way to truth and truth to something
And hope did not return empty.
In remembrance, home-coming.
In remembrance, healing begins.