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Broken Promises

Putting on my rings
my hand reached past the one 
I was looking for to the ones 
Pillowed softly in the back

I gently touched them
Then without emotion take them out
And slipped them on my finger

Memories went through my mind
Like a silent movie 

The delight I had when you gave them to me
How hard I tried to think of every reason
to use my hands and show them off

The way I would twist them when I was nervous
The white band they made with a summer tan
And the day I took them off

I promised you forever
but I stole my promise back
somewhere in all those years
of pretending to be happy
My heart rusted from neglect

I determined  that a person that enjoys his own misery
Learns to resent rainbows
Lonelier with you than I ever was alone
I selfishly chose my own happiness
and finally I have given up the guilt of
not being able to 'fix' it

What do you do with old wedding rings
Are they demoted to whatever monetary value
They may have

Are they tucked forever away
with the baby teeth and first shoes

Does the preciousness of the love they once
Symbolized have any value 

Without emotion I pillowed them back into
The softness and closed the box

Possibly you broke some promises too

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  1. Date: 4/29/2009 12:48:00 PM
    I hear you, and sometimes the growing apart feels like your own doing! I wrote Precious Fare about my marriage. Sometimes our needs change. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/18/2009 3:47:00 PM
    Laurie, "Lonelier with you than I ever was alone" speaks volumes. Great work! Thank you for sharing it! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/14/2009 6:26:00 AM
    Laurie, Soup Mail call LOVE HG

  1. Date: 3/14/2009 6:05:00 AM
    Dear Laurie, "The POETS' Heart Speaks" Is a "Silent Movie" Of MY Everlasting DAY,Wedding Day and the short journey to hell and back. Thank-YOU For YOUR Gracious Comments LOVE YOU ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 3/14/2009 5:51:00 AM
    Dear Laurie, Wow Great Write "Memories went through my mind Like a silent movie" What a Powerful line the imagery throughout Fantastic He must have been a fool Is he Noah's Dad? I still wear my Wedding ring LOVE YOU ALWAYS...HG

  1. Date: 3/12/2009 3:49:00 PM
    This hit so close to home, though I never kept the rings. 'Memories went through my mind, Like a silent movie'..yep, I had rerun after rerun afterward, which took years to finally quit watching. None the less, a great write.

  1. Date: 3/10/2009 8:49:00 AM
    Hi Laurie... this poem is full of terrific lines... I loved it... sad... but brilliantly conceived and written.. great stuff Laurie..... and thank you for all your recent comments... all the best Col

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 1:54:00 PM
    Beautiful poetry, Laurie! The emotion in this piece is so deeply reflective. "My heart rusted from neglect" very powerful line. Excellent write, Laurie! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 11:35:00 AM
    This is a profound poem. I'm sure those that have been through marriage breakups ask similar questions. Most don't go into a relationship thinking it will go wrong. Sometimes, all one can do is pick up the pieces and move on. The emotion comes through your words. Thank you for your kind words on my haiku. Keep on writing! Have a nice day. Karen

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 8:25:00 AM
    Hello Laurie, I am really IMPRESSED by this WONDERFUL and MAGNIFICENT piece of art. It'S REALLY hot. Ernilando

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 5:22:00 AM
    "Memories went through my mind Like a silent movie". Great lines Laurie, very descriptive...Raul

  1. Date: 3/6/2009 3:23:00 AM
    Wow. This is a brilliant, emotional, really hard poem to read, as I know it's tone well. That's really hard. Just beautifully written. into my faves for its reality. love, Kristin

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 9:58:00 PM
    My dear Miss Laurie this is one of the saddest and most honest poems I have ever read. There is an old country song that had a verse, "there is nothing cold as ashes after the fire is gone. You my friend are the rainbow he let get away. Blessings Ron

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 8:19:00 PM
    Well, well, Laurie. This is the first of your poems that I read, and I'm honestly impressed. You start the first stanza creating a gloomy atmosphere, and then deliver those beautiful memories, those vivid images full of sentiments which immediately capture the readers like :"The way I would twist them when I was nervous/The white band they made with a summer tan/ And the day I took them off" Or this one: "Are they tucked forever away/with the baby teeth and first shoes" U R talented.Ruben

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 11:43:00 AM
    Well, I know this one well. From beginning all the way to end. YEP, I know it. Great writing as usual, my dear friend. I like the way you ended it. Indeedy do it takes two. Love ya lots. ME

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 11:13:00 AM
    Dear sweet Lady, I felt your pain here as I have asked myself these questions...Do you keep them? Are they a constant reminder of what you once shared? The pain, The hurt, The loneliness, Yes they are--But they are also a reminder of the Love we shared, the tender moments we had, the fun we made and the daughter we created..These are magical memories..Sweet Laurie, it is hard to know what to do but I wish you all the best and rest assured that love will find you once again..Hugsss ~Tyesha

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 8:16:00 AM
    Some excellent images and inner poems here Laurie especially like'Memories went through my mind/Like a silent movie .Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 7:48:00 AM
    Written extremely well, very as Sharon said "hard to comment on" I myself, have had such numb feelings in the past, it is hard to break through and release deep pain. I am odd, doc is trying to fix why I smile at times like these..., That is one emotion I do not express well, and can really get you slapped with the wrong man in a relationship, not understanding why you are smiling.. dang, I am sure you didn't want to hear all that did you? appologies, Lucinda

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 7:26:00 AM
    Life has handed disappoints, broken promises, and broken relationships...but its what keeps us growing and learning and becoming stronger...doesn't mean we forget...some pain we will always hold on to least to some degree. A poignant poem, Laurie.~ love, Carrie

  1. Date: 3/5/2009 6:20:00 AM
    Wow, this is a powerful write. Sad, and difficult to comment on. What indeed do you do with such things? Sorry for the pain you have been through. Hoping it is all for a reason and a beautiful and bright future of love awaits you. Deeply moving and so beautifully written. Love, Shar