November Apologies

July 2, 2012
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I was wrong,
For what I did and what I said,
And how I hurt you over and over again.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, how I took
Your heart
And ripped it into shreds.

But you were wrong.
For how could I have known?
I was a child and so were you.
I couldn’t handle love, or the fact that
You loved me more than I did.
I thought it was a joke.

I thought I could handle it.
That you would grow out of
This silly teenage crush.
I wanted to be left alone.
I’m sorry for that.

And so I showed you,
That I couldn’t love a person;
Not you or anybody else.
But you clung on to the hope
That someday, I might love you back.

But then you broke,
Like the glass in those photo frames.
You know, the ones of us together
That you killed upon that lifeless day.

And then you ran from me,
Like the teardrops down my cheek.
The ones I cried for you,
The ones you couldn’t see.

And so I’m sorry.
For thinking I didn’t love you back,
And for expecting you to hold on
To something I wouldn’t let you have.

I promise you that next time,
If there is a next time at all,
I will love you with everything,
And catch you when you fall.

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thatunknownthingThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 30, 2012 at 4:11 am
i think this is a beautiful poem especiallyu the line, "like tear drops from my cheeks" and the stanza 'and then you broke..' but if you mean a rhyming scheme in this poem, i think it hasnt turned out very regular. but it was an interesting and engaging read, innovative similes and nicely expressed emotions! keep it up :) 
RosieKnownAsNej This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 30, 2012 at 5:55 am
Thank you for the feedback :) It wasn't particularly supposed to rhyme, it's just some lines happened to.
Eirias replied...
Jul. 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I like the title . . . very intriguing . . . and I like the concept.

This read like prose. It sounds just like an apology, which is great if it is, but that isn't poetry, it's something to make your boyfriend feel better . . . not to share with us. If it has a multiple purpose, this didn't feel like it. It doesn't sound like you put much consideration into the word choice (which to admitted: if some lines "just happen" to anything, you aren't really putting down the best ... (more »)

Prisoner24601 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jul. 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm
Poetry can be what you want  it to be. I think this is great, Rosie.
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