I was broken                                                                                   
And it hurt
It was my fault
I am sorry

I was happy
I was angry
I was unforgivable
I am sorry 

When you wanted to do something new
It was me who would stop you
Over and Over and Over again
I am sorry

Late nights spent thinking “It will go away”
Night after night after night
“You are alone, you can’t do it”.
I told you this
I am sorry

I am sorry for stopping you
I am sorry for keeping you here
I just didn’t want to be alone
And I’m sorry

If you could forgive me
For holding you back
Could you be free?
Can you ever be now?
Because of me
I am sorry
To my greatest enemy,
myself and only me
Please take this apology
For I can only forgive myself,  if you forgive me
It’s better to apologize than to leave it be
Now we know
We are the same
One of a kind

We have broken free
We have survived
I am no longer sorry
For the things I did wrong
I am forgiven

Inspired by  “Falling Into Place”


CC BY-SA 4.0 Apology by Kelly is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

1 Comment
  1. Mariam 3 days ago

    Hey Kelly, I like your poem it’s really nice. I feel like this poem is very personal to you, was it something you wrote for yourself? Your line “to my greatest enemy, myself and only me” it seems as if you have an internal battle with yourself, and knowing that you were confident enough to expose this to the world and I applaud you for it.

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