John Marsden Writing Topic #310

Write a poem that will persuade someone to do something or to believe something**

Amends

The thoughts are back in your head

of everything you’d done and said,

that last fight

is eating you up inside.

Silence suddenly filled the room that day,

you both walked away,

never looking back,

after the attack.

Life moved on,

but the thoughts never done.

 

How long did it take

for you to realise you were wrong?

It’s not too late,

take your pride

and set it aside,

it’s never too late

to apologise.

 

She might still care,

she might pretend you were never there,

she might listen,

she might talk,

she might cry,

you’ll never know unless you try.

 

How long did it take

for you to realise you were wrong?

It’s not too late,

take your pride

and set it aside,

it’s never too late

to apologise.

 

I can’t guarantee a happy ending,

or that it’ll ease the guilt,

or that she’ll forgive.

But at least she’ll know you cared,

that she mattered,

hopefully she’ll leave:

feeling a little less shattered,

feeling at peace

and she’ll be able to move on and truly live.

 

How long will it take

for you to take action

and make things right?

It’s not too late,

take your pride

and set it aside

it’s never too late

to apologise.

 

 

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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