Amends

Gordon Mitchell Smith

I’m sorry is an aversion
         of the eyes, a politician’s slant
acknowledgment (and somehow not)
         of the facts—as perhaps they might be
seen from a certain angle—; and yet
         it’s the tool we use
in polite company, since few are those
         who deserve or sign up for
the brutality of reality
         viewed in the nude: its wrinkles
and blemishes, so unsettlingly
         familiar.

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