Eva Hesse Legs of a Walking Ball, 1965 Varnish, tempera, enamel, cord, metal, papier-caché, unknown modeling compound, particle board, wood 45.1 x 67 x 14 cm 17 3/4 x 26 3/8 x 5 1/2 in Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul
“ I know girls who spill I’m sorry’s from their mouths like they pump blood
to their veins.
Sometimes, I am one.
I know girls who apologize for asking
to go to the bathroom in class,
who apologize for everything
because they feel like they are taking
up more than their fair share of space
on this planet.
Everything starts with an I’m sorry
and ends with one too,
constant bookends that we don’t
even notice anymore.
We delete her apology the way we
delete likes and ums from speech.
I know girls with ten times more apologies
and I wonder how often they hear
You’re more than okay. ”