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PROMISES.

You don’t have to be good.

_ Mary Oliver

Why have you broken your promises over the concrete?

hard yet fragile words that shattered without remedy.

Why are you explaining to lovers that you no longer hurt?

That smile- over cracked pictures.

Didn’t your father teach you to calculate with a pencil or a broken sword
The number of heartbreaks you could afford?

Why are you healing and still walking over shards of glass?

Are you writing now?

Are you writing songs now with a peeling thumb?

Pause and consider.

If you have to scribble poetry on the margins of your life to breathe.

Do.

If you have to close your eyes.

Do.

If you have to close your palms to live.

Do.

But you don’t have to be good.

Selah.

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10 comments

Sharon May 20, 2020 at 6:57 am

Phew! I don’t have to be good

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Debby Keys May 20, 2020 at 10:50 am

No. You don’t 🧡

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Gottfried May 20, 2020 at 1:24 pm

This is art.

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Debby Keys May 20, 2020 at 5:17 pm

Thank you Moh🧡

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Amanda May 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

I love eet

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Debby Keys May 21, 2020 at 2:44 am

Oh Mandy 😊 thank you 🧡

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Precious May 21, 2020 at 10:25 am

I really like this one. Well done Debby.

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Debby Keys May 21, 2020 at 11:33 am

I’m glad you do 🧡
Thank you!

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Niffy May 21, 2020 at 2:21 pm

But I still try to be good😔

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Debby Keys May 21, 2020 at 3:41 pm

But you don’t have to 😊🧡

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