Promises We Keep

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June 3, 2013 by phicks2012

Usually the verses I write are in celebration of good things, but occasionally I do go the other way. In my lifetime I’ve encountered many wonderful and honorable people whose word can be trusted and whose hearts are true. I am very thankful for those people, but I have to admit that I’ve also been exposed to, and occasionally victimized by, people of another sort. In our world I now well know that there are those we can trust and those we cannot count on, except to further their own agendas at the expense of others. To those who make promises they never intend to keep and who make dishonor their stock and trade, this verse is dedicated. May we each learn their names in our own lives, and give them a wide berth!

 
Promises We Keep

Promises we keep will linger.
Honor true will long remain.
Vows forsworn will be remembered
Honor lost will leave a stain.

Memories of keen betrayal
Will not fade in hours or days.
Those who bear false witness tarry
on the brink where faith decays.

Those who hold chivalric virtues
shall be known for charity,
While the heart without compassion
Partners well with infamy.

And when cruelty rejoices
At the pain so coldly wrought,
Others will that joy be marking.
Amnesty will not be bought.

Thus remember, ye who revel
Prospering at the expense
Of another, you will never
Rise without some recompense.

Promises we keep will linger.
Honor true will long remain.
Vows forsworn will be remembered
Honor lost will leave a stain.

[16 August, 2011]

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