Sonnet 6: Apology to a Friend

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I couldn't sleep and wrote a sonnet version of my "Apology" poem. The poem it's based on sounded backhanded--which was not at all intentional, but actually pretty typical of me.

I want to make something clear though: I'm not writing this for pity. I'll be fine either way because years of toxic masculinity has long since rendered me a callous bastard. I'm writing this for a friend, who I failed to communicate with well and almost certainly misled in all kinds of heartless ways. She's a wonderful human being and the very last thing in the whole world I want is to hurt her feelings or make her feel anything less than the extraordinary person she is.

Submitted: May 29, 2017

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Submitted: May 28, 2017

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I hate the sound of strong emotion when
It comes from me, my friend, but never you.
Your feelings--raw, unfiltered--that you pen,
Sound right and move the heart for being true.
But me?  Pretentious walls of fancy words
And meter poured like starch to stiffen flow--
That's how I write and cage my thoughts like birds.
What tenth of meaning could my reader know?
But let me sacrifice a line or two
For you, my friend, to those cliché and oft
Repeated words:
I'm sorry.
I know apologies that come too late
Are ever doomed to their unneeded state.


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