Semantic notions about life: an exploration of words and signs, and the stories they are trying to tell.

prom·ise

prom·ise

Kure Juice Bar, SE Yamhill, Portland, OR, USA

Kure Juice Bar, SE Yamhill, Portland, OR, USA

prom·ise /ˈpräməs/

Noun. A declaration or assurance that one will do, or refrain from doing, a particular thing or something specified.

Sweet Girl,
You always did love a good fairy tale
but baby, you walked right into a fable,
and this lesson is now yours
to learn.

Retrace your steps.

Perhaps it was the dismissal
of your intuition
that led to embracing
such a tricky
proposition.
The agreement to carry
a scorpion
on your back
across the river,
despite
the high risk of attack.

The desire to believe
your nurture
would trump nature.

The desire to believe
you were strong enough
to deliver all parties safely
to the other side.

The desire to believe
you were special enough
to escape the fate
of a double drowning.

The desire to believe.

You are safe with me, I promise.
It is so true. I promise.
Just one more, then quiet, I promise.
I promise I will come find you and tell you.

I promise I will.
I promise I will.
I promise I will.

Sweet Girl,
Words are not the only things that can be broken.
Porcelain plates. Magnifying mirrors. Glass window panes.
Your heart.

Sweep the debris,
toss it into the fireplace,
keep close watch on those embers,
ensure they burn to ash.

Retrace your steps.

Realize
that every compromise
contains a promise.
Every.
Single.
One.

 

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