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My List of Apologies to the World

May 18, 2014
By Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks


I’m sorry Massachusetts, that I wasn’t there on that fatal day.
I’m sorry New York, that when The Towers fell I was only gray.

I’m sorry Vietnam, that I didn’t stand up for you.
I can’t help but feel responsible for your lost crew.

I’m sorry North Korea, but I don’t know what to say.
I’d help your people but you won’t let me stay.

I’m sorry Ireland, for the potato famine of old.
It was unbearably awful, or so I’ve been told.

I’m sorry for all the wars, for which I was born too many decades late.
I’m sorry for all lives wasted, lives that had to wait.

If I could take your sorrows into my own hands,
bundle them up and throw them into trash cans,
I would do it for the world, and everything would be fine.
I would take the tears you grieved, put them next to mine,
I’d wash away all sadness, from every place and time.

The Earth would only rejoice, but then the torrents would strike.
And I’d have to pick up the pieces again, and put them on a pike.



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on Jul. 14 2014 at 9:48 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thanks so much @Kyline! CX

on Jul. 14 2014 at 9:47 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

I am soo glad you love this poem! XD

on Jul. 14 2014 at 9:10 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

I love your poem! I'm shocked. Very speechless. Wonderful job!!! ^_^ thanks for sharing this!

on Jul. 5 2014 at 11:52 pm
CreativeFreakkk DIAMOND, Spencer, Iowa
53 articles 40 photos 204 comments

Favorite Quote:
Stand up for what you believe in even if it means standing alone. -Andy Biersack
Sometimes you gotta fall before you can fly. -Kellin Quinn
You made me hate my own reflection. -Sleeping With Sirens

I love how you are apologizing for what the entire world did, not you.

on Jun. 13 2014 at 6:52 pm
AllSoPlayfulWhenYouDemonize BRONZE, Richmond, Virginia
3 articles 0 photos 228 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our passion is our strength."
-Billie Joe Armstrong

Thank you! (:

on May. 26 2014 at 11:31 am
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thanks I like your work as well. XD

on May. 26 2014 at 11:30 am
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thank You @Flyyy! XD

on May. 25 2014 at 9:11 pm
AllSoPlayfulWhenYouDemonize BRONZE, Richmond, Virginia
3 articles 0 photos 228 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Our passion is our strength."
-Billie Joe Armstrong

Lovely wording!

on May. 24 2014 at 9:31 am
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thanks! XD

on May. 22 2014 at 6:39 pm
WinterRose76 SILVER, Ok., Florida
6 articles 6 photos 183 comments

Favorite Quote:
Arise and be all that you dream - Flyleaf

I really enjoyed reading this poem! It's refreshingly creative and unique. Great job! 5/5

on May. 20 2014 at 8:04 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thank You!

on May. 20 2014 at 4:39 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thank You @DarkOne! CX

on May. 20 2014 at 4:37 pm
ShadowOfDarkness PLATINUM, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
20 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
Coute que coute(Cost What It May)

That is BEAUTIFUL


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