The Penitent

Beloved,
I would have never let you go
never would have considered anything akin to an end
had I realized it would feel in any way like this.
I am sorry for what I’ve done
and please believe me,
I’d take it back if I could.

This state of affairs is miserable.
I am lonely without you;
sorrowfully anguished.
I have done awful things to get here
and feel awfully now.
This is not how I meant for any of this to go.
Well, some of it
– but it’s all gone wrong.

I’d beg your forgiveness
but I know you wouldn’t listen
to a word I had to say
even if I came to you to say them
so we’ll stay in our separate lands:
me in my cell
and you in your box.

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