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I Promise
 
I will not promise you
That there will be no markers
On your next cancer screening
 
I will not promise you
That your mother or father
Will be able to come home
From the ICU
 
I will not promise you
That your son or daughter
Will not end up there
 
I will not promise you
That you or I
Will have a job
Tomorrow, next week, or next year
 
I will not promise you
That suddenly
Everything will be okay
 
No
 
None of these things
Will I promise you
Because deep down we both know
That neither of us can know
Any of these things
For sure
 
What I can promise you
Is that I will
Pray for you when you need a prayer
Stay with you
When you need a friend
And care about you
Whether or not
It is an easy thing for anyone to do
 
And in return
I ask nothing of you
 
But maybe
Just a little bit
Of the same
 
Ed Roberts 01/25/19
www.edrobertspoetry.com


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I Promise