Three Little Words

"I am sorry" is just
water mist
between two people -
one waits for amends,
the other, forgiveness.

The apology means
without both.


Linda B said...

Love that idea of the 'hovering'. It's true-two created the atmosphere of apology & acceptance. Nice setting of the scene, Bridget!

Author Amok said...

I love the turn at the end, Bridget. Your poem makes me think of an apology as a sort of bridge we can walk across.

Liz Steinglass said...

I really like the image of the water mist hovering in the air.
Will the apology be made? Will it be accepted?

Keri said...

Yes -- both are needed. The three little words, "I forgive you" are often as liberating as "I am sorry," at least to me.

Betsy Hubbard said...

This is so visible, I can see the two people in a suspended silence. It is beautiful.

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! Apologies are a delicate balancing act. =)

Bridget Magee said...

What an amazing insight, Laura! I love the idea of an apology as a bridge. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Liz! The eternal risk/reward of an apology is what makes relationships so rewarding...and risky. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Keri! I agree, and liberating on either end is good for relationships. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Betsy! Apologies are a fragile process...but so worth it. =)

BJ Lee said...

I love the 'water mist hovering...' you've captured the apology very well. I just heard Tracy Chapman's song this week - I love this song -

Sorry, is all that you can't say
Years gone by and still
Words don't come easily
like sorry, like sorry

forgive me, is all that you can't say...

But you can say, Baby,
Baby, can I hold you tonight
Maybe if I told you the right words
at the right time
you'd be mine.

Touching just like your poem!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, BJ! I love Tracy Chapman and to have her AMAZING song lyrics talked about in the same comment as my poem is very kind of you. =)

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Wow, Bridget. Your poem is so simple, yet contains the power of truth. Love both the imagery and the message. Thanks so much for sharing it with the world.

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you SO much, Michelle, for reading my words. Sometimes the simplest of poems carry the most weight. =)

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