Hour 19: Not Sorry

from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange (click here)


Japanese speaks from

an overflowing closet

of sorry

20 plus ways

to apologize


Casual “my bad”

everyday “excuse me”

formal forgiveness

pleading for mercy

just to be polite

when no apology’s needed


sometimes sorry aint deep

sorry aint real

“Im embarrassed”

“I have no excuse”

remorse, regret

heartfelt apology for pain & suffering


living on an island

theres need for many sorries

to keep society civil —

but we aint an island

& I aint society


don’t speak to me of sorry

u show me regret

& I show you mercy

3 thoughts on “Hour 19: Not Sorry

  1. That last stanza is intense! The last two stanzas seemed to come out of nowhere and pack a PUNCH! There are a couple lines beginning with “and” that I think might be stronger without that word, but overall this is perfection.

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