I’m Sorry

“I’m sorry”
 .
She states it
In crisp letters
On late bills
And in worried words
 .
A constant reminder to her
That she is
Not good enough
Or worthy
She thinks that
At least
 .
To others
Hearing the constant word
Is kind of like
An excuse
A sign of lack of confidence
 .
Since they hear it
Always
They are
Deaf to it now
Silent to its spoken meaning
Only hearing another word
One as common
And useful
As “red”
 .
Now
When she is sorry
She says
“I apologize”
A flash of scarlet
Important
Compared to the
Common red sorry
When she says it
That’s how you know
She means it

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