To My Grilled Cheese Sandwich
~ A Poem of Apology ~
I did not mean to burn you,
to char you till your crust was black.
But there was a word, a line I was pursuing,
like the birds, outside the kitchen window
searching for seeds in the snow
on this brilliant, sun-filled afternoon.
I hope the birds had more success.
I didn’t find the word;
the line is lost.
Literally up in smoke:
smoke that invaded my thoughts
as it drifted in
from the other side of the kitchen.
Don’t worry, though. I won’t abandon you.
I’ll eat you anyway.
After all, I forgot to buy bread.
© Catherine Flynn, 2014
Merriam-Webster defines “apology” as “an expression of regret for having done or said something wrong.” I truly did regret burning my sandwich. And although I wasn’t thinking about “This is Just to Say,” at the time, some part of my brain made the connection to William Carlos Williams’ famous poem of apology. You can read more about poems of apology at Joyce Sidman’s website, where she talks about the origins of her book, This is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). For apology poems with a lighter touch, don’t miss Gail Carson Levine’s Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It (HarperCollins, 2012).
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