Wednesday, March 4, 2020


March 4, 2020

promises made
cannot be kept
when the promiser
is no longer present

others have 
no obligation 
to keep promises made
by promisers long gone

i guess
it was rather
naive of me 
to expect promises 
to be kept
by those who never
made the promises


  1. I love the way your words come together - there is a lot of alliteration and that feels really good to say. I do really like the tone - it's very neutral until the last stanza - and then, it sounds kind of wistful?

  2. Promises, promises. Sometimes they disappoint, don't they? I love a good poetry slice, Donnetta.

  3. This is beautiful, Donnetta. Promises and promisers, a tenuous and transactional. Fine line between naive and hopeful sometimes. Love this.

  4. So so true. Makes me think of all the times I have broken promises, which is much easier than keeping them.

  5. This makes me think of students at our school 5 years ago when I first started and there was tremendous teacher turnover. It really resonates with that point in my career. Thanks for sharing!

  6. This is a poignant poem! I wonder if the responsibility of a promise is ever transferred to others? Interesting to think about!

  7. This really resonated with me. And it's also a good reminder that April is coming, and I need to get ready for National Poetry Month!