Apology

taraminshull3Art By: Tara Minshull

My lips tighten

In graceful arcs

Like a scythe

I brandish your tongue

In self-defense

*

Too often I’ve forgiven

Too often you’ve forgotten

The conditions of apology

Another girl

Another drink

Another dream

Heel pressed

*

I couldn’t alter

The dimensions

Of your heart

So I made myself smaller

Seen and unseen

I altercate

Adjacent to actuality

*

A discursive expression

Of circuitous guilt

To what do I owe

This karma?

To what madness

Do I ascribe you?

*

She holds you between

Her thighs only

Soon enough

She’ll exhaust all possibility

And you’ll come

Knees to the pavement

Promises full of teeth

*

I was out of town today, really pressed for time and energy.

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14 responses to “Apology

  1. i have sucha problem with the addage forgive and forget…
    i find it easier if we truly address the problem and not just try to
    lipstick the pig and act like it did not happen…

    the scythe of the mouth…nice imagery there…

  2. “I couldn’t alter

    The dimensions

    Of your heart

    So I made myself smaller

    Seen and unseen

    I altercate

    Adjacent to actuality”

    I relate to this stanza so, so much and I made this mistake for so many years. I’m happy to have moved beyond that destructive state.

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