The Promise

The Promise

A Poem by Elsie Duggan

A poem dedicated to my 57 year marriage with my husband,


We stood together


Boy and Girl


Looked into each other's eyes


And make that lovely promise


To God and all our family listening


That we would stay together


Until death do us part


That we would keep each other safe


And to each other would be true


Through laughter and through tears


In good times and in bad


To love for all eternity


To strive for peace and harmony


Hold unto each other faithfully


Go through life together


Hang on to one another when things got really tough


We became no longer boy and girl


But emerged as man and wife


And lived a life so wonderful


Had children that had children


A life carved by ourselves


Had ups and downs like everyone


We survived such awful things


But together we were strong


There was nothing we couldn't do


As long as there were we as two


How did that time go so awfully fast


So many years just scurried by


We always thought there would be time


So many things left to do


But like all good things there came an end


Not to the love nor the promise given


For I am still here keeping our words intact


The forever part is real


You had to leave, it was not your choice


I said goodbye for just awhile


You wait for me to join you


And when the time for me arrives


I will be with you again


And then these eyes that fill with tears


Will once again just smile

© 2008 Elsie Duggan

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I think this is a wonderful poem about a very fulfilling relationship. I also feel that reading your poem might well help others dealing with the loss of a partner/spouse. You have the ability to use words that are easy to read for everyone, yet the way you use the words give them a deeper meaning.
My heart goes out to you when I read your poem, you have the gift to say it all in a nutshell, without becoming shallow!
I'm sure your life was and is still very rich! Welcome here, I think you are a wonderful person with a lot of courage! I hope you'll be writing a lot more and living with your grandchild will keep you young at heart!

Posted 13 Years Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


This is going in my favorites as soon as I finish this review. my heart was so touched by these words and emotion that I have tears in my eyes now, and my heart goes out to you. Still you are lucky to have had such Love many never find that. Simply beautiful.

Posted 12 Years Ago

i am sorry for your loss. my grandfather passed away recently, and i am sure that my grandmother misses him very much. wonderful write.


Posted 12 Years Ago

everyone should know this love in their lifetime; that one true thing, that surpasses all else in life. I love the acknowledgement in this piece that life is not always rosy, but that if two united souls stick together, they can rise above the challenges. A beautiful write that speaks of the great love you two share even still :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

Of course, I love it. (Emily Burns sent it to me). this is dignity. We just change energy states." I said goodbye for just awhile / You wait for me to join you" --------------This is nice way saying it. I feel the same. Good to see wise words. I have respect for older people, I love them all.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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This is, to me, what writing is all about. Courage, strength, faith, hope, promise, and honest personal truth that simply cannot be imitated. This is the heart and soul of the basest of human relationship. Thank you so much this. And welcome to the Cafe!

Posted 12 Years Ago

Oh, such a beautiful write! I read quickly thinking all along of the friends I would want to pass it along to . . . because you're new. But I see so many wonderful poets have come here before me. Your words are wonderful and true. I'm so pleased to have found you in the cafe.

Posted 12 Years Ago

such beauty and sadness, i have great admiration for the hope you share. death is something we all deal with and you have proven that there is more to look forward to. thanks for sharing.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Ah Elsie - your love story radiates with warmth and a lifetime of memories.

Posted 13 Years Ago

That is just beautiful Elsie!

Posted 13 Years Ago

Hi Elsie, it is so good to find you. I have been here and inactive for a couple of months. I like this immensely, it is filled with fine and truthful sentiment. You have some wonderful indirect rhyming here [I forget the term for it].

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Elsie Duggan
Elsie Duggan

Wappingers Falls, NY

I am an 81 year old widow. I live with my 19 year old grandson , my daughter's son who passed away in 2003, as a result of an auto accident . I love to write poetry and enjoy writing memoirs also.. more..


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