Ntozake Shange

(October 18, 1948 / Trenton, New Jersey)


Poem by Ntozake Shange

one thing i don't need
is any more apologies
i got sorry greetin me at my front door
you can keep yrs
i don't know what to do wit em
they dont open doors
or bring the sun back
they dont make me happy
or get a mornin paper
didnt nobody stop usin my tears to wash cars
cuz a sorry

i am simply tired
of collectin
i didnt know
i was so important toyou
i'm gonna haveta throw some away
i cant get to the clothes in my closet
for alla the sorries
i'm gonna tack a sign to my door
leave a message by the phone
'if you called
to say yr sorry
call somebody
i dont use em anymore'
i let sorry/ didnt meanta/ & how cd i know abt that
take a walk down a dark & musty street in brooklyn
i'm gonna do exactly what i want to
& i wont be sorry for none of it
letta sorry soothe yr soul/ i'm gonna soothe mine

you were always inconsistent
doin somethin & then bein sorry
beatin my heart to death
talkin bout you sorry
i will not call
i'm not goin to be nice
i will raise my voice
& scream & holler
& break things & race the engine
& tell all yr secrets bout yrself to yr face
& i will list in detail everyone of my wonderful lovers
& their ways
i will play oliver lake
& i wont be sorry for none of it

i loved you on purpose
i was open on purpose
i still crave vulnerability & close talk
& i'm not even sorry bout you bein sorry
you can carry all the guilt & grime ya wanna
just dont give it to me
i cant use another sorry
next time
you should admit
you're mean/ low-down/ triflin/ & no count straight out
steada bein sorry alla the time
enjoy bein yrself

Topic(s) of this poem: sorry

Comments about 'Sorry' by Ntozake Shange

  • Hebert Logerie Sr.Hebert Logerie Sr. (6/5/2019 11:10:00 AM)

    Sorry is one word that is very often misused, because the person does not mean it. Sorry is an excuse. You stepped on my toes to say: excuse me. What about stepping on your feet or drop a rock on your toes to say the same?(Report)Reply

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  • Mecca (6/4/2018 11:02:00 AM)

    blessed by default. perhaps this poem applies to both genders. sorry is the reason most of us exist. our spouses lie to us until we breed.(Report)Reply

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  • Theodore Hendricks (11/14/2017 6:08:00 PM)

    A no nonsense poem. My father would sometimes instruct me to not say I was sorry. He would say, Just don't do it again.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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