THINGS TO SAY INSTEAD OF I'M SORRY
Forget everything I just said. I don't even believe the things I say. Only about 17% of them are true.
Hit me with a baseball bat.
Then I'll say I'm sorry better.
I didn't mean to say that.
Someone should be sorry for this. Someone should fix this. I will.
I'm trying. I'm gonna try harder.
Throw me in the road.
I'm sorry. I really like it out there under the cars, I didn't mean.
I know what that does to you I know.
Don't you think I look really right with a dotted yellow line down the middle?
Sorry, I know I said I
I'm sorry, OKAY?
Why did you think I would do that?
I'm not hurt.
You didn't do anything.
I'm sorry I haven't been paying enough attention to you, apologizing for not paying enough attention to you takes up all my time.
I know I did it wrong.
Why would you care about me?
I'm sorry, I was falling down a well in the earth.
I'm sorry, what did you say?
I'm getting better.
I think I know what I did wrong.
I didn't mean to.
Just make me die.
Sorry, I didn't say that.
As I lay in the crosswalk, I suddenly thought—someone put me here.
Aimée Lê is a PhD candidate in Practice-Based Poetics at Royal Holloway, University of London; co-author, with Fiona Chamness, of the poetry collection Feral Citizens; has taught workshops across the country and has presented her work at conferences such as Allied Media and AWP. She was a founding member of Occupy Dartmouth.