The Promise

The Promise

A Poem by Elsie Duggan
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A poem dedicated to my 57 year marriage with my husband,

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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


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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.
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Debby

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.

doug

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


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Elsie Duggan

Wappingers Falls, NY



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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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