We've all made mistakes, especially when we were young and honestly believed that the choices we made were for the best. When I looked back on one of the most turbulent times of my life, I realize that I hurt someone who was very dear to me.

But when so many years have passed, how can I go back and tell him I'm sorry?

This poem originally was published in Friendship Poems

How do I tell you I'm sorry -
With a gesture, a look, a touch?
How is it I never realized
I hurt you so very much?

I do not ask forgiveness,
A comfort I'll never deserve.
I merely want to let you know,
But I cannot find the nerve.

To finally confront you, face-to-face,
To look you in the eye,
To face your wrath, your apathy -
Too terrified to try.

You called me selfish, I turned away,
I festered and I fled;
Cutting and wounding and lashing out,
Just to see if you bled.

Betraying and deceiving you,
I surely had no right
To snatch away such a precious gem;
A dark thief in the night.

Four years and forever passed
To bring us to this day,
When I present these simple words
I never thought to say.

The time has come, it's long past due,
To put aside my fear;
Would this confession torture you,
Or have you longed to hear?

To hear those two forbidden words,
To vanquish all the pain,
To understand my dearest wish:
To know you once again.

The years aged me remarkably,
Though they have not made me wise;
I do know I erred irrevocably -
For that I apologize.

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  • princess
    the poem makes me cry,,truth hurts really
  • Lara
    Heya. Lurve ya poem. toched moi heaps. iz did a real liv situation? hope ya do more. ur a poet @ heart.
  • Tammy
    I really loved this poem because my best friend and I started falling in love and he had girl friend and she found out about us and now he does not want to talk to me nomore and that hurts very bad . and i just wanted to say im sorry to him but he does not want to talk to me no more and he did it to and it's not fare to me and my feelings but I want him to know I will always be there for him know matter what so thats why this poem touched me a lot.
  • Yvette
    I love this poem! I know the feeling. it's hard to say those words but in the end we have to say it, no matter how hard it is.
  • Taylor
    this poem really toached me i LOVE it
  • shai
    your poem made me cry and think about all the things i ahve done wrong to my dearest friend to me thank you veery much
  • Hayles
    This is a beautiful poem! i love it so much. I actaully really wish that my friend would say that to me. thankyou for writing such a lovely poem. It touched my heart. You sure have talent.
  • Jessica
    when i read this poem it makes me cry because i did this to my first love i cheated on him and hurt him soo bad and if i could take t back i would so now i sit wodering about him thinking of all the fun times we had and wishing i would have never said goodbye because now he has a girl while i sit here all alone with my bf and thinking i love him but do i really? i love this poem and i think i'm going to send it to my ex and hope he will no how truly sorry i am!
  • Fiona
    Nice poem!
  • sehr
    wow. this poem is amazing it truly touhced me. i lied to a very close friend once and thought it would make her better but it actually made all matters worse and thats when my whole life changed because she was like a sister to me. i think ur poem was excellent! xxxxxxx
  • S
    Thank you for this poem. I'm going through what you described in this poem w/ a friend. which is no longer.
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  • megan
    i love this poem and i am a big poem writer and this helps me to understand what it is to have a good friendship and not to mess it up
  • girish
    really nice tina. keeep it up bye
  • Erin
    wow. this is such a great poem! a few months ago I fell for a guy, but he was too slack to keep in touch. he really hurt me, he was my first love. I hope one day, he'll realise how much it hurt me to try and walk away. this poem really touched me, it brought tears to my eyes. keep writing, and I hope things worked out with your friend!
  • Minh
    I love this poem! It rox! It touched me a lot.
  • tayor
    This poem touched me i started crying because me and my best friend forever were in a fight for about a year because i was stupi but i was to scared to aplogize. But your poem inspired me to suck it up and apologize. So shhe forgave me and we are now fiedns agian than you so much you changed my life!
  • Brittany
    I was in a situation recently where this poem really touched me. Thanks for posting it.
  • Myesha
    thank you for writing this poem this will be my apology to someone very special and i hope it makes them feels as good then as i do just by reading keep up the good
  • Erin
    I told one of my absolute best friends deepest secret a little while ago. I betrayed her. and now i dont think we will ever talk again. This poem made me cry and realize even more how much of a failure i am at life. She was my world. i loved her more than anyone and i screwed up majorly. I will love her until i die. She is the greatest person i have ever known and it kills me to think of how stupid i was to lose her. This poem showed great emotion. almost close to my own. I cannot find the words to apologize to my friend. I know her and myself so well that i am sure that neither of us would be satisfied with an apology. I plan to let her live her life until i feel that i am worthy to talk to her again. I love her so much.
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