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By @astrid_hartman

Langauge Barrier

Our language 

Has failed us.

How are three words 

I’m so sorry 

Enough? 

How are those three words 

I’m so sorry

Supposed to convey 

The appropriate emotion 

For the loss of a life?

How are those three words 

I’m so sorry 

Supposed to convey 

The depth of grief 

The depth of loss 

The unfathomable pain

I do not

Understand 

How these words 

I’m so sorry

Are the only words we have 

To show our range of sadness,

From apologies over trivial things 

To the things that truly matter. 

How 

are these words 

sufficient 

enough? 

How 

are these three words 

supposed to embody 

every apology-worthy 

circumstance? 

How 

has English 

failed 

us so?

I’m so sorry

That your soccer team didn’t win

I’m so sorry 

That you burned your cake 

I’m so sorry 

That you lost your glasses 

I’m so sorry 

That you got a C on your quiz 

Am 

So 

Sorry 

That your son died yesterday… 

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