I absolutely loved writing tonight’s poem, I do like a rant and felt thoroughly cleansed after this one. In response to Napowrimo Day 19, write a “not sorry” poem – here it is.
Social distancing from an introspective perspective,
could be considered social rebalancing.
I now appreciate my immediate family more than ever,
when I’m sick they care for me
when I’m hungry they feed me.
when I’m low their hugs lift me.
This is my inner circle, my sanctuary.
So, Mr Fluff from Zero Town, from this day forward
I won’t be putting your needs above mine and my family’s.
Your emails to request X by deadline Y will be deleted.
You are an outsider from the outer circle and let’s be honest
whenever I have satisfied your requests at the expense of time
with my family, you have been grateful for nanoseconds
forgotten it soon after and only remembered me again when
you want something more.
I’m not sorry.
To those in my mid-circle; I love you
But I won’t be making myself ill running around to please both you
and my family. If you love me you’ll understand and not be peeved
if I don’t reply to your posts, comments, invitations, messages, emails
immediately or within your accepted and expected time scale.
I love you but I’m not sorry.
To society at large; if my make-up is not perfect, my “roots” visible
My weight off your chart, my diet lacking,
If I’m not quick enough, not enough – so what?
You are not in any circle of mine, just landscape, background noise.
I’m not sorry.
Art by Agnes Cecile