July 19, 2017KR OnlinePoetry

Amends

I’m sorry is an aversion
         of the eyes, a politician’s slant
acknowledgment (and somehow not)
         of the facts—as perhaps they might be
seen from a certain angle—; and yet
         it’s the tool we use
in polite company, since few are those
         who deserve or sign up for
the brutality of reality
         viewed in the nude: its wrinkles
and blemishes, so unsettlingly
         familiar.

Gordon Mitchell Smith
Gordon Mitchell Smith is a poet, writer, and wine professional. His work has also appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Palette Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, Columbia Poetry Review, MumberMag, and elsewhere. He lives in Santa Monica with his cat, Joni Mitchell Smith.