Promise Me Nothing

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  1. BelovedDreamer

    BelovedDreamer Well-Known Member

    Once I was promised the world.
    I was a child, and I believed it.
    But time and money,
    abuse and a parent’s weakness,
    took the world.
    Taught me how to
    play hide and seek in my mind,
    made me forget how to exist
    inside of my body.
    As and adult,
    I have become a magnet
    for the unreliable and capricious.
    Can you keep no promises, my friends?
    Promise me everything
    or promise me
    the smallest of things.
    The pattern is clear,
    and prior grief has taught me nothing,
    for I cannot escape my own
    ill-considered faith every time.
    My walls are so high
    but I consistently
    fail to lock the gate.
    And, my, my given word is without reproach,
    promises made are not to be taken lightly,
    all of them, large or small.
    I have given my word
    and may be taken at it
    death and circumstances beyond human control
    alone can take me from it.
    Don’t you know?
    Our word is all we have,
    our loyalty is what defines us.
    Promises, promises.
    A child whose trust was broken
    and rebroken
    it is a miracle
    or an overcompensation
    that I want so badly to trust
    that I want with such desperation
    to believe.
    Hand me no lightly given promises,
    tell me no lies.
    If you cannot do it, say so.
    If you would not do it, speak true.
    If you never intend to come through
    or even try, say nothing.
    Make no promises,
    so we don’t
    both have to live with your lies.
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    I can so relate to your poem hun promise words should not be spoken so lightly i agree hun good write
  3. BelovedDreamer

    BelovedDreamer Well-Known Member

    For real. I'll never understand why people think that other people would prefer them to make a promise they can't keep and thus cause disappointment later. Just be honest from the get go.
  4. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    The only promise that I make today, is that I will be imperfect...all else I cannot keep. Your last stanza was so powerful! Thanks for sharing
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