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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 now.

       The fault was all mine.

Forgive me,

I won’t do the same things next time.

I ate the cake Mama had 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 now.

       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 overreacted

       like a pig-headed fool.

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 now.

       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 t       old tales of lost homeworks

       and doggies that chew ‘em.

I used Tammy’s toys

       that she said not to touch.

I valued my needs over others’

       too 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 now.

       The fault was all mine.

Forgive me,

I won’t do the same things next time.

 

 

 

 

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