Someone who (arguably) owed me an apology,
for (maybe) years, and (possibly) encouraged me
to take the blame myself, which I (might) have done
out of instilled Christian values, or practiced Buddhist
mindfulness, or (perhaps) internalized oppression,
texted me last month. One (sort of) apology from a number
no longer programmed into my phone. My thumb did pause
and tremble over reply, but (ultimately) never touched down.
Some apologies suit the talker more than the listener,
and I felt I had given him enough.
Karen Finneyfrock’s most recent book of poems, Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, is available from Write Bloody Press. Her first young adult novel, Celia the Dark and Weird, is out from The Viking Press in 2012.