False Apology

 This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox


and which
you were probably
for breakfast


Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold


Williams Carlos Williams


by grade eight students


This Is Just To Say

You got sick
after you ate
the cookie
I set for you


which I baked
after sprinkling
in the pastry


Forgive me Alice
enough is enough
stop stalking

Isabel, Tamika, Seleah



This Is Just To Say

I have eaten
the porridge
that was on
the table


and which
you were probably
saving for


Forgive me
it was so tasteful
so delightful
and so perfect

Kalem, Damen, Luke



This Is Just To Say

I have taken
your pencil
that you own
and care for


which you probably
were going to use
after school


Forgive me
it’s so easy
to fool someone
so trusting

Marcus, Gregory


This Is Just To Say

Dear Miss Wilhelmina Swine,

I hope you and your family are fine
after the passing of your sons.
Tragic, how their lives came undone.

The construction left them quite dead.
I sure wish it hadn’t fallen on their heads,
but at least your third little piggy is still alive.
I really hope he continues to thrive.

I am so very sorry for your loss,
for undoubtedly you must be very cross.
But oh, how I love pork chops so fine.
Scrumptious! Their meat is sublime.



This Is Just To Say

I slept in
this morning
and pressed the
snooze button one too many times


so that
is why
I missed
your English class


Forgive me
my extra sleep
was very

Colin, Tim

Read more poems of false apology in…
Picture 3
Levine, Gail Carson. Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It. New York: Harper, 2012.
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