Before you say sorry


Demand not forgiveness

Nor burden them with pleas

Say it gently but mean every syllable

Even before you say sorry

 

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Get into their shoes

But expect not to understand

Give them some time to heal

Way after you say sorry

 

Leave them alone if you can

For they may have memories bitter

Desire not a lot of flowers

Just before you say sorry

 

Let the scent of love

Do the needful on its own

And try not to smell revenge

When you finally say sorry

 

Demean them not when they take time

Or judge them for the cold

Would you have forgotten so easily?

Ask before you say sorry

 

Say sorry out of deep regret

Not as another ego trip

Count their tears not yours

Before you say sorry

 

Keep not a record of their faults

Or plan a sweet revenge

It’s your need not theirs

When you choose to say sorry

 

Try saying sorry unconditionally

For forgiveness is a grace

Not a reward of your regret

Remember, when you say sorry

 

It’s okay if you are late now

Or were cold or cruel or bitter before

But muster up when it dawns

And say when you are truly sorry.

 

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