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Poetry

Some (Kind of) Apology

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...

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.

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