by Rula Shin

Please understand
How sorry I am
That I am NOT

And thank you
For humoring my please
As I pretend to soothe your heart

Thanks for understanding
How sorry I am
That I am NOT

And please don’t
Hold sorry against me
When I hold it against myself
Balming my own wound
Not yours…


Posted on 09/24/2007
Copyright © 2023 Rula Shin

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 09/24/07 at 01:42 AM

Absolutely wonderful! We always take care of ourselves first regardless of what we think we are doing. I tend to think it is like breathing. That is hard to give up so someone else can do it. Great write lady!

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 09/24/07 at 03:15 AM

I like this. I like it a lot. Especially the last line.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 09/24/07 at 04:17 AM

I understand this! oh how I understand and immediately kithe with you in this most excellent insight and write!

I've missed your writing, and am beaming to find this new gem. :)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/25/07 at 02:30 PM

Superbly put Rula. Wish I had thought of this one. :o)

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 09/25/07 at 09:32 PM

Hi Rula....love this. Especially, that last stanza. Seems so many would hold being sorry against us....as if it were not enough. Thanks.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 09/26/07 at 11:27 PM

YAY!!!! She writes again!!! Love it, Rula. Hope your day is amazing, just like you.

Posted by Laura Doom on 12/21/07 at 07:15 PM

I missed this during my recess...both fascinating and welcome, to encounter the root state of 'wretchedness' in contrast with contemporary gesture of apology, along with all manna of linguistic polemics. I prize this gift of consolation :> Yes, missing the rules of the game...

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 06/11/10 at 01:40 PM

would you allow me to leave this one word to describe this poem, Beautiful, and yet Beautiful is not enough to describe this poem but I would add the complement to go along which is to say I find this poem Deep as well in all the right places in which my eyes were intending to dive in and not bump their brows.

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