Broken Promises

self-love is letting go
of broken promises

promises I’ve made
and ones made to me

promises made with good intention
and ones made with no intention

broken promises are
yesterday’s news

My word for 2014 is Purge; letting go of broken promises is the beginning of my purge.

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About Sabra Bowers

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49 Responses to Broken Promises

  1. captureyouphotography says:

    Beautiful poem.


  2. Sabra Bowers says:

    Thank you! I appreciate your visit and comment. 🙂


  3. Robin says:

    I really feel the contemplation that you went through to get to this. Thank you.


  4. brian miller says:

    they can def weigh you down…becoming expectations which can get pretty nasty….sounds like a great way to start the new year….


  5. there comes a time to let things pass… liked the way you formatted this… and the message is clear…


  6. Claudsy says:

    Sabra, I really like this one. It’s just what everyone needs to read and think about. So much resentment gets buried inside a person because of broken promises, toward self or others. This is an excellent purge. Great job and one I’ll have to use in my own year. Thanks so much, my friend.


  7. nan says:

    promises made with no intention… that line stings. How freeing to let go of yesterday’s news!


  8. Mary says:

    I like this poem a lot. I do think we have to let go of broken promises. We have to forgive ourselves for not keeping those we made & forgive others for not keeping those they made, realizing that sometimes good intentions just can’t be carried through on. I also like the idea of having a WORD for 2014 & think ‘purge’ is a good one!


  9. Grace says:

    I like the resolution, purge & letting go of broken promises ~ Wishing you a bright 2014 ~


  10. What a great start this is for the new year:)


  11. Wonderful way to start the new year on a clean slate … letting go of the past and broken promises …moving forward. Good for you! 🙂


  12. Talon says:

    There’s something truly liberating about letting go of expectation. We all make promises we can’t keep…maybe for good reasons, but when not followed through, they definitely weigh down our souls. Powerful writing!


  13. If only life was treated with the same seriousness as a business transaction. One thinks very carefully before breaking a contract but not too much about breaking a promise.


  14. the first two lines are perfect and true. lovely.


  15. poetrypea says:

    Oh, that message came through at just the right time


  16. But, yet, they hurt.


  17. Promises can chain us to needless efforts… I think priorities is the word.


  18. dsnake1 says:

    looks like a great way to start the new year!
    sometimes letting go may be difficult, one thinks a promise may be salvaged.
    thanks for the visit to my blog. 🙂


  19. Sumana Roy says:

    nice message and a very happy new year to you… 🙂


  20. Stormcat says:

    That first line said it for me . . . “self-love is letting go of broken promises”


  21. Mama Zen says:

    Very well said!


  22. So thought provoking. I’d love to use this on my blog as part of loving ourselves. I’d link back to your site so readers can see all the other poems you write.


  23. Such truth here. And an absolute necessity if one is to move on.


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  25. Sabra Bowers says:

    Monica, glad you posted it. Most of all, I’m glad it was meaningful for you. I enjoyed your blog post and of course resonated with it. 🙂


  26. Anna :o] says:

    A good idea to wipe the slate clean – why let the burden of broken promises weigh us down.
    Do so wish you a Happy New Year.
    Anna :o]


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