Poetry Challenge #92

Who’s Sorry Now?

Each of us is sorry for or about something. (If you’re not, then lucky you!)

Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones drew on this uniquely human need* to apologize in a song about two neighbors who are great friends until they tear down a wall in the longest running Off-Broadway/sometimes on Broadway musicals of all times The Fantastiks.

My All-Time Favorite Musical—if you’ve never seen it, you should be sorry.

Here’s a snippet:

“This Plum is too Ripe!”


“You’re standing in MY Rose Garden!”


And now, with no further apologies, on to our prompt:

For this prompt, list things you are sorry for. (Your list can be as long or as short as need be.) Select one or several items that are related from that list and write a poem about it/them. Finish the poem with a positive spin by suggesting ways you can, or might apologize, or how you might do better next time.


Song for Inspiration: Who’s Sorry Now as sung by Miss Patsy Cline—Of course!

* “Uniquely” in that I don’t imagine whale apologize for combing up krill, or cheetah apologizing for mowing down gazelle, but maybe they do . . . if so: Sorry!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1100 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.