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A Promise
by Melissa C. Rives

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Can’t keep my hands from shaking
while holding my breath
it’s calamity swirling
a slow kind of death.

Round and round in my head
fighting for just one day
when serenity banishes
sorrows away.

Before reason has left me
with time standing still
it’s a battle that rages
my spirit to kill.

Cataclysmic it dances
the words that you said…
to the rhythms of madness
a song for the dead.

Falling softly upon me
caress of deceit…
carving heart into pieces
‘till soul is deplete.

Yet I’ll never embrace it
the truth won’t allow…
for I’ll not trade my soul
for the sake of a vow.

Although shaken and damaged
I’ll heal just the same…
while you live with yourself
and your burden of shame.

So, one promise I’ll make you
one promise that’s true …
in the end you’ll be empty
with no one but you.

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Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 7/13/2003
Scary how this seems to apply to how I've felt!
-- the last three stanza brought pure chills to my bones ....
Anmyway, great poem!
Reviewed by michael horetsky (Reader) 7/8/2003
I can feel the knife bury deep.. This does rock.. I t rocks the Very well done..michael
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 7/3/2003
Excellent, well expressed, you touched me here so deeply,

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/3/2003
Love it.
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 7/3/2003
Beautifully expressed.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/3/2003
Very well written.!!
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 7/3/2003
wonderful poem.
Reviewed by Aamie Burnley 7/3/2003
... hold on to that thought; life abounds at the feet of a free spirit.
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 7/3/2003
The strength of your spirit shines through this Melissa!

Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 7/3/2003
Outstanding write....BHUWAN
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/3/2003
Melissa, outstanding poem. It is always tough to awake with oneself.
Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader) 7/2/2003
Excellent poem Melissa.....Damn how I hate that feeling you so beautifully describe...Thanks, Dani
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 7/2/2003
And so it goes.....
Reviewed by Leland Waldrip 7/2/2003
Oh, the pain! So well expressed!
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/2/2003
ouch! Great write!

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