I Promise You

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While our heart wants to promise everything, we often make promises that no one can keep.

I Promise You

I was in a circle of those
who climbed from the sea
onto the shore of a day like today.
We were tired, aglow, broken.

Out of a sudden silence
a young woman stood and sang
You've Got a Friend. When she
voiced, "You just call out my name
and I'll be there..." I saw you all.

No vow has meant more to me.
Yet there was the time I couldn't
get there. And the time I was afraid
to come for some dark reason too
familiar for me to understand.

I am sorry for the wounds my
absence has caused.

We try like birds awakened by
a tone of light to fly into each
other's need. And always
wind throws us off.

I am so sorry not to be
what I promised.

But like a whale whose tears
only add to the ocean that slows
him down, I swim to you.
I swim to you.

A Question to Walk With: Tell the story of a promise you made that you couldn't keep.

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