Viddui: I'm Sorry!
I did it! I'm Sorry!

Illustrations © Bonnie Gordon Lucas
Uncle Eli
I did it! I'm Sorry!
Next year I'll be good.
I'll try to be better,
and do what I should.


There's no one to blame.
The fault was all mine.
Forgive me,
I won't do the same things next time.
I ate all the cake
Mama saved for our guests.
I broke her blue vase
and I left a big mess.
I cried, kicked and screamed
till I got my own way
I didn't clean up my old clothes
for twelve days.
I erased the great novel
that Daddy was writing.
I frightened the cat
with my scratching and biting.
I gossiped and told tales
I knew weren't true.
I happened to fill Suzie's slippers
with goo.


I did it! I'm Sorry!
Next year I'll be good.
I'll try to be better,
and do what I should.


There's no one to blame.
The fault was all mine.
Forgive me,
I won't do the same things next time.
I ignored the advice
of my parents and teachers.
I jumped on the bed
like some wild, crazy creature.
I knew it was wrong,
but it seemed like such fun.
I lied just a bit
when they asked what I'd done.
I misbehaved terribly
during the year.
I nagged at my parents
and drove them to tears.
I oorganized protests
to close down the school.
I pushed
when they told me quite clearly to pull.
I did it! I'm Sorry!
Next year I'll be good.
I'll try to be better,
and do what I should.


There's no one to blame.
The fault was all mine.
Forgive me,
I won't do the same things next time.
I quacked like a duck
while the teacher was talking.
I ranted and raved
with cacophonous squawking.
I said I would do things
but never did do 'em.
I told tales of lost homeworks
and doggies that chew 'em.
I used Tammy's toys
that she said not to touch.
I vanished
before I could help very much.
I walked, uninvited,
through Mrs. Katz' courtyard.
I x-ed out the "F"s
from my last year's report card.
I yelled till I made
all the neighbors' ears sore.
I zoomed on my bike
'cross the fresh-painted floor.
I did it! I'm Sorry!
Next year I'll be good.
I'll try to be better,
and do what I should.


There's no one to blame.
The fault was all mine.
Forgive me,
I won't do the same things next time.

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