Rueful – Adjective

“Feeling, showing, or expressing sorrow, repentance, or regret.”

She was full of rue.

Pained by her mistakes

and misfortunes.

The Reverend had said

“Repent!”

But that did not ease the shame,

nor the prying eyes and

callous whispers.

For repenting with words,

is non for gain.

Her actions needed to shout.

I’m sorry.

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