the anatomy of a promise

the anatomy of a promise is filled with complications 

promises are prone to seizures and migraines 

she holds a broken brain at the top of her skull

where sudden movements cause mindless thoughts to erupt 

like a volcanic embassy of purple matter 

spilling down her spine 

creating a secure sadness 

a seatbelt of despair 

 

rushing like a river down her frail body 

the anatomy of a promise is filled with disappointments 

mixed messages and some even left unsaid 

 

she holds a broken heart in the center of her chest

where her words were supposed to heal another’s mistrust

sweet like the gift of a lover’s sweatshirt 

calm like the midnight waves on the Suffolk county shore. 

 

the anatomy of a promise is filled with emptiness 

promises are prone to missing meals and nausea 

she gives up food for love so easily 

like a mother bird feeding its child first 

the day after a storm. 

– j.ds

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