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He kept his apologies in shoe boxes

at the bottom of the wardrobe,

where they stayed gathering dust

until he’d pick a pair

to wear out.

Then he’d wear them until holes

were worn through the soles

and the fabric of them

became crepe paper packing

on unwanted gifts.

They never matched his outfit,

or suited the occasion,

you could pick them out a mile off

three shades too bright

and a little too polished.

I could never take him seriously

when he came to my door

wearing his best apologies

and tried to explain to me

how really,

it was me who was wrong.

Written For The Daily Prompt: Apology

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Oh boy, can I relate to this…sadly! I love how you describe those apologies as so pristine because they were barely used. I loved this, Carol!

  2. I agree with Gayle. And how those apologies became worn out and because after all, you.were.wrong. I used to know a couple of folk like that. Put them and their box out the door. Excellent write.

  3. Those are the manipulators – trying to get their foot in the door, wearing their best apologies, only to smash your finger in it! Very creative and well-written.

  4. Oh very nicely done. Apologies thrown out with even less sincerity than the “blessings” offered when one sneezes are the worst. That’s a closed door never to open again. Excellent wording.

  5. Carol, this is excellently done. I love the metaphors too and how your thoughts flow in every line. ❤

  6. This is a wonderfully developed extended metaphor – eloquent (it says it all) with touches of droll humor deftly mixed in. An awesome piece of writing!

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