Day 29: Guilt Addiction


We learn to feel it.
It is taught to us as children
over and over again.
“Say sorry to your sister.”
“Look she’s crying.”

They tell us to feel bad–
to regret our actions.
Look how we have offended another.
A good lesson to learn.

Until the lesson is warped.
Guilt becomes an instant reaction.
It becomes an addiction.
I have to feel bad.
I should be punished.

It becomes so ingrained
that apologies spill out
with every breath.

“I’m sorry”
no longer holds meaning–
just empty filler words
wasting a space
in honest conversation.


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