I Am Sorry

Written for:  NaPoWriMo – Day 9
This one sounds simple, but it can be pretty difficult. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable – either because of its content (“I always hated grandma”), or because it seems too emotional or ugly or strange (“I love you so much I would eat a cockroach for you”). Or even because it sounds too boring or expected (“You know what? I like cooking noodles and going to bed at 7 p.m.”). But it should be something that you’re genuinely a little scared to say. Happy (or if not happy, brave) writing!

Once, as part of a bunch
of junior high school girls–
far from pearls–I joined
in, teasing another girl
who lived in an adjacent

She was perfectly nice,
but lived a different life than
ours. Tight-knit family
of four, they sang songs
and went places together.
Whether we secretly envied
her that closeness, I do not
recall. Our group was having
a ball, experimenting
with makeup, stockings,
and heels. She was not
allowed to indulge
in those activities.

We pitied her, teased her,
and never apologized.
That incident remains
clear in a mind where blurs
have obscured many memories.
So please, forgive a silly
teen her role in being mean,
and uncaring.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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2 Responses to I Am Sorry

  1. Kathleen says:

    Such a vivid picture you painted!!

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  2. mzach456@comcast.net says:

    everyone, poet or not, should be required to own up to past transgressions.    

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