poetry

“Overdue Apologies” Poem of the Day (2022)

Overdue Apologies

By Ashley O’Hare

I stand with my back to the mirror

because the reflection is getting older and meaner.

I know I owe it an apology,

so I am counting to one from three.

Three seconds to restore my nerve

after years of being closely observed.

One deep breath in

before we shall begin.

I am sorry for the judgment—

those insults were quite redundant.

I am sorry for stepping out of line—

my words have never before been so unkind.

I am sorry I still cannot turn around—

my heart is slow on the rebound. 

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