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Saying Goodbye

Part II

Vows

written by: Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

@hemmingplay

 

I was 21 the day we made it official,

but had really taken my vows

long before.
Before I proposed
on April Fools Day
and she said 'yes.'

 

Long before that night
I first saw her in the

moonlight.

And like two fools,

we thought that was fine.

 

But vows are merciless things,

You won't listen to reason,
they know,

with your eyes full of hunger
for each other's
bodies
and your ears full
of music and laughter
and dreams.

It's easy to make promises
when you

don't know all that will be asked of you,

the blood and the bone and the griefs—

the fine print of a life together

inked in powdered gold

and blood—

But that’s when we make them,
as children, really.

 

When we made them.

 

The truth unfolds,
bit by bit,

day by day.

What we learned yesterday

let us get used to what happened today.

We find out
where we’re weak
and where strong.

Testings tell us whether
we’re someone people

can count on.

But you never learn these things
unless
you have solemnly vowed,
and keep the promises

made in lust and giddiness,
hope and ignorance.

There are some lessons

we find out only
along a long trail,

until your feet are worn
as thin as paper

and the dust of the road is a
new skin.

Vows are merciless things,
but sometimes they
keep us from taking
easy outs.

Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

OCTOBER 2016 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
“Hemmingplay,” is the pen name of the youngest son of a teacher and a nurse who grew up on a family farm in western Ohio. He has had a few disreputable occupations, including newspaper reporter and editor, and public relations flak, but is trying to make amends for his sins now by writing poetry and fiction.
His desire to write in these genres never really went away. When his children were safely off making their own mistakes, he turned on the computer one day, stared at the screen for a long time, and began again.
He has published three books so far: "Mermaid Sisters: First Dive", a children's book on iTunes/iBook; "I Came From A Place of Fireflies" published as a paperback and Kindle on Amazon; and a new book of poetry, "Snowflakes & Ashes: Meditations on the Temporary" (Gatekeeper Press) on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, iBooks, Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and a few others.
Doug Stanfield (Hemmingplay)

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