It was a misunderstanding, really,
or a slip of the tongue,
or maybe he really was
just a major asshole.
Whatever, he felt the rising burn
in his cheek and the glow of his ears
whenever he thought of it,
and it played on an interminable
loop in vivid detail in both
waking memories and lucid dreams.
There’s nothing to be done now,
he thought, no exit from past decisions.
Redemption is impossible and
Salvation a mere myth of mortals.
He would always be what he always was.
As he stared at the fan on the ceiling,
he only wished he had chosen his
words more carefully.