I have come a long way
from where I began that day.
All soulless and grunting, there they lay;
unaware of, when I walked away.
No more greetings were shared in hey;
when once, ‘aye’ was there on my tongue, now only there’s a ‘nay’.
I am no more easy to slay;
from the promises I made to myself, I didn’t sway.
Didn’t ask of me, when I walked down a different way;
all they did was stare down at me and laughed it away.
But I didn’t break the promises that I made to myself;
it was a promise to grow up into a better self.
Now here I stand;
twenty years I left behind.
When once at me they frowned;
now, with dulcet words their lips are crowned.
Trying to woo me back into their deranged history;
but no longer am I interested in their fraternity.
Even when their comportments have been crude and derogatory;
I forgive and pray that need they not go through purgatory.
Now, when everything has abated;
still the decision of walking away, I never regretted.
Now here I stand;
all alone and strong, but I’ve got a new ‘me’ tagged as a brand.
Copyright © Sohinee Dey
BEHIND THE POEM:
I had written this poem back in January of 2018 and if you read it carefully you can tell that I was going through a tough phase. I don’t remember the exact thoughts that I had while writing this poem but I do remember that I wanted to write something where I can talk about the “phase” and finally growing out of it. Promises Not Broken is probably the most easiest poem that I have written. I usually am elusive in my poems but here you can see me being personal.
I don’t know why but Promises Not Broken reminds me of F.F.F. by Bebe Rexha.
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