I'm Sorry: Poems and Poetry

We here at Perfect Apology believe that 'I'm sorry poems' should be thought of as ANY poem that expresses feelings or sentiments about your relationship, the mistake that was made, or the people involved.

They shouldn't necessarily be about saying sorry, because a truly effective and heartfelt apology is tailored to you and your particular situation—and how are you going to find a poem that does that?

What a poem can do for you however is enhance the overall quality of your apology and let the recipient know how special they are to you. It will also set the tone for the discussion to follow.

Below are a few carefully selected poems to say sorry that we believe will enhance your apology.

For example,

Three words, eight letters, so difficult to say.
They're stuck inside of me, they try and stay away.
But this is too important to let them have their way.
I need to do it now, I must do it today. I am sorry.

This short poem talks about the difficulty that people often have expressing their regret. This poem works well in a situation where you've been stubborn and haven't been able or willing to acknowledged your wrongdoing.

For a romantic approach to saying sorry with a poem, consider using poetry about love and commitment like the one below:

To be one with each other
What greater thing is there for two human souls
than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen
each other in all labor, to minister to each other in all sorrow,
to share with each other in all gladness,
to be one with each other in the
silent unspoken memories?

~ George Eliot

The poem above is appropriate when apologizing to your girlfriend, boyfriend, lover, or spouse. It focuses on that special union between two people and the risks to the relationship if the situation isn't resolved.

The following poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning is a well known standard that has helped to mend many relationship fences. It's been around for ages because it's so perfect for so many 'apology' related reasons...

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints,--I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life!--and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

If you're apologizing to a friend, convey how important the friendship is to you when saying I'm sorry with a poem.

True friendship is a gift
Oh so precious and so rare
Sometimes we take it for granted
Sometimes we do despair

Our fault is being human
Mistakes are everywhere
Please let me not lose the gift
That is so precious and so rare.

~ Author Unknown

This next poem is particularly good, because it's so often true. Unfortunately, we are often kinder and more respectful to strangers than we are to friends and family who are closer to us.

This poem, attached to your apology, would be perfectly appropriate for any family member or very close relationship—; mother, father, son, daughter, brother, sister, or even a spouse.

There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.

We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.

~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

We hope that you can see how adding poetry to an apology can make it more effective and special for the recipient. By including a poem about a feeling or sentiment rather than one that says 'I'm sorry', your apology will have greater impact.

If you came looking for I'm sorry poems to replace a proper apology, you won't find them here. However, if you want to let someone know how truly sorry you are, then follow these guidelines for your apology, add a special poem, and let them know how important they are.

Can't find the right poem? Consider using quotes to say sorry and apologize.