Poems and Poetry

The Promise | A Poem by Roy Pullam

When the heart breaks
Pieces of memories
Ricochet off each other
With emotional violence
Such loss
Comes with numbness
Then the flood
Of pain
Followed by hopelessness
Yours is the deepest hurt
A childhood boyfriend
A husband
A father
A moral center
Solid and stationary
The comfort of aging
Sharing children
And grandchildren
Plans together
For a future retirement
All incinerated
But at its worst
There are “the we”
Who willingly
Will be there
Listening
When sorrow
Must be shared
Those of us
Who will bear
Any burden
While you find
The balance
As close to normal
As it
Can ever be



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