I am sorry I was late.
I am sorry I did not wash the dishes.
I am sorry I did not prepare the report for the meeting.
Sorry I am early.
Sorry I ate the last pomegranate
Sorry for not staying in touch.
Sorry I let the dog out.
Sorry for the letter I sent
Or the email
Or the communication that was taken one way and meant another
Sorry for not washing my hands
For not using the hand gel
For attending the party.
Sorry for forgetting your birthday
Sorry for not sending a card
Sorry for the delay in my answering the phone
And, not getting back to you,
You see, I’ve been busy.
Sorry for the mistakes I have made
And will make.
Sorry for the pollution created
By my car
By my meat consumption
and my use of technology
Sorry for not listening
For not hearing
For not paying attention.
Sorry for missing you off the list
For allowing my dog to chew the invoice,
Your shoes are destroyed
As is my pullover
Sorry, it was, the pup.
Sorry I have changed my mind
From planning for A, then B then C
And, apologies for my capriciousness.
Sorry I cannot attend the meeting
Or the appointment
I can’t make the deadline
Or the target.
Sorry I led you to believe one thing
When I intended another.
Sorry what I taught you is not right,
Indeed is the opposite of the truth.
Sorry I have prescribed you the penicillin when you are allergic.
Sorry I missed the critical measurement on your blood results.
Sorry for referring you to the cancer specialist too late.
Sorry for sending you to hospital, when home was best.
Sorry for not sending you to hospital, when you should have gone-in.
Sorry for the time the ambulance takes to take or bring you back.
Sorry for the discomfort
The awkwardness of my expression
The momentary lapse in decorum.
Sorry, I thought you were someone else.
Sorry, wrong address.
Sorry I didn’t catch you when you were in, I’ll call again later.
Sorry for thinking you were this when you are that.
Sorry for the mis-gender, mis-identity, mis-translation.
Sorry for being me and not the person you had expected.
Sorry for my shape, my form.
Sorry, I should have remembered, I shouldn’t have forgotten.
Sorry I didn’t take more photos
Or video film
Of my mum or dad
Or children when they were young.
Sorry I didn’t savour the moment,
Appreciate what I had.
Sorry for the length of these sorrows.
Sorry for the damage to your book,
To the broken spine,
the coffee stain.
Sorry for my heavy-handedness
The tightness of the blood pressure cuff
The scratch of the needle.
Sorry for the preamble.
Sorry for bumping your car,
Sorry for not indicating,
For the wrong flavour or ingredient.
Sorry, I don’t have any money on me at the moment.
Sorry, I’m in a hurry, a rush, can’t stop.
Sorry, sorry, sorry.
I apologise and wish things were different,
Had been different,
Had been otherwise.
That is the way they are.
That is it.
That is the reality.
There is no other, no alternative, no switch.
There is no point in my offering you more apologies.
What is done is done.
The end is the end.
And no go o’er.