Sorry; forgive me;
What do those words mean?
Is it an innate plea for pardon?
Or society’s norm to settle cases?
Do we mean it when we say them?
Or do we pronounce them as reflexes?
If ‘sorry’ did not exist;
And we all had to come up with words to apologize;
What would you say?
Just as there would be friction;
Between a car tire and a road;
So will there be between people;
Sharing even the least kind of relationship;
One may be right, the other wrong;
Or both could be right or wrong;
But to bury the hatchet;
One has to be the bigger person and apologize.
During heated moments;
Harsh words may escape the lips;
Before the brain gets to process them;
Feelings may be hurt; ego bruised;
And an instant sincere apology;
Is needed to salvage the situation;
When tempers cool off;
Don’t hesitate to apologize for any stray word uttered;
Before the hurt takes root and emotionally damages the other;
Sometimes one says sorry;
Not because he thinks he was at fault;
But because he values the relationship more than his ego;
And would rather let it go;
Than hold on and lose the person;
Sometimes one may look forward to an apology;
Which might never be said;
But forgive anyway;
And free yourself from the grudges;
Life is too short;
To be losing sleep over someone;
Who isn’t missing his sleeping hours on your account;
When someone does apologize to you;
Accept readily and don’t dig it back up;
When an issue arises later;
And when you make an apology;
Do well to mean what you say;
Because offering a fake apology is spiteful;
You keep imprisoning yourself;
Speak true always;
And the truth will set you free.
© Josephine Amoako 2016