Delayed Inaction

Cold regret and
overdue apologies
for past misdeeds
dog me still
across time, across land,
at a time when I can finally extend my hand and offer up my arrogance,
finally taking my hands from my eyes to see my starring role
in that erstwhile drama, you are
vanished,
distant across time, across land, across life.
Unrequited repentance is an unhealing injury
we are reminded of with a sickening jolt
when the mind twists unexpectedly,
when we try to lift heavy emotions without using our knees.
Maybe that’s the point.

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