Our Promise

This time
is like all the rest
only different.
This time
we won’t forget
kind words.
This time
we’ll understand
how pain
can change you.
This time
we’ll call on heaven
to guide us
through the chaos
and bless the earth
with the seeds
of love.
This time
we won’t
be deceived.
This time
we will
be human.





















Reading of “Our Promise” with music by Eddie Vedder


8 Responses to “Our Promise”

  1. Tom Figel says:

    Don, let’s hope your wise, melodic words apply to the upcoming 55th reunion of my college class. When you and Mike M. get to be our age, you will understand.

  2. Lloyd Meeker says:

    Right on, Don! Thank you.

    This is the promise I made to my beloved friends and allies at the beginning of this earth-journey. I’ve fulfilled some of it, learned some things, still working on those, and messed up others. But I do remember the promise, so clearly, and I’m sticking to it.

  3. Eric Dunn says:

    So beautiful and fresh!

  4. John Albright says:

    This one rings so true and runs deep. I did make a promise, and your words only reinforce that.

  5. Mike McCauley says:

    Don — Beautiful & profound! In its directness & simplicity. I’m sharing this poem with a dear cousin who lost his wife & soulmate of 41 years this weekend. Thank you for writing this. Mike

  6. Stephen Bodaness says:

    This is a potent reminder Don of what it means to live my Promise. Thank you. I always have a “this time” moment to live my promise. Many I’ve missed, many I’ve lived with this Promise. Your beautiful Poem is a great reminder of all the “this times” I’ll have going forward in life.

  7. PenDell Pittman says:

    I hear You, Don. Yes, “This time is like all the rest”, yet SO Different –for This Time is the only Time I can sustain anymore. Almost all past memories (except many kind ones) have faded. So, my rehearsing such former tales now would be foolhardily indulging in pure fiction! Thank Heaven, the Seeds of Love continually compel me to bless my World. Therein is my Promise!

  8. Chris Dalengas says:


    Very nice. I’m always hoping “this time” will be better.

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