Promise

My poem, Promise is up at the Drabble. Here is the poem:

Promise

When I was 10
my dad gave me
a number 2 pencil—
brand new,

with a finely
chiseled point.
“Promise,”
he said

is like this
pencil.
“The eraser
is always

the first
to go—
worn out
or broken off.

After that,
you can only
chew
on your mistakes.

And that dime store
sharpener is,
like father time,
a false friend.”

But I was 10.
what would
you have me know
of nubs

and time’s unappeasable
appetite?
I took the pencil—
another gift.

At ten,
the whole
world
is a gift.

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2 Responses to Promise

  1. Terrific poem Steve – the ambiguity of “promise” plays so well in this – and the turn in the end “but I was only 10…” shifts meanings again. Bravo

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