Why do people feel the need

To say they’re sorry for everything?

I’m sorry you’re sad.

I’m sorry you’re happy.

I’m sorry you’re hurt.

I’m sorry you’re sorry.

Sorry has become just a word

You say when all other words are lost.

It no longer means I feel pained,

Because you were wronged.

Apologies are now forced

From children,

By parents and teachers and adults.

Do not say you’re sorry to me,

Do not pretend to feel anything for my pain,

Do not say words that have no meaning to them.

If you are at a loss for words,

Say nothing at all.

Merely walk away,

Change the subject,

Or stare into nothingness,

But do not say you are sorry

Unless you are sorry for what you have done.


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