So Many Promises: Which Ones to Keep?

So Many Promises

So many promises are ours,
but which ones shall we keep --
the ones we made in daylight hours,
or those we made asleep?

Which promises to sanctify,
which ones, indeed, to spurn,
Nature herself will specify
sufficient time to learn.

We measure duty's distance by
our meters and our heart-beats.
We measure victory's volume by
our oceans and our tea cups.

Some promises bring laughter's dance,
and others make us weep,
but destiny employs the lance
of promises we keep.

Max Havlick
Villa Park, Illinois
Summer 2010
Revised June 30, 2011

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Copyright © June 2011 by Max J. Havlick, 16 West Vermont St., Villa Park, IL 60181-1938, all rights reserved. 

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Sarah Shepherd 5 years ago from San Diego, California

MAx, that was very beautiful... Indeed you are extremely talented at placing pictures in my mind.

Take Care

Sarah


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Max Havlick 5 years ago from Villa Park, Illinois Author

Thank you, Sarah. That's why I write the poetry, and positive response from one of your talent makes my day.

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