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Promises Not Kept

Promises Not Kept
                                            by Chuck Keys

As leaves flow in the breeze,
Change.  Peanut butter needs jelly.
Water can taste dry - alone effortlessly.

Color is a difference.  Superficially superficial.
A little boy lives without ... - Fearful. Tearful.
Cold without a roof.

My mommy isn't home,
Job searching in disguise.  No. Heatless 
And brrr, cold smiles ... anger heartache.

Daddy, what daddy?
TV was stolen, again.
Willy got cut up, bad.

Spend money on me, not war,
Nothing changed since Martin
Why? I'm hungry. Oneness.  

© Charles H Keys, 2010.  All Rights Reserved


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  1. Date: 10/10/2010 6:00:00 PM

    Chuck, this is so heartwrenching. "Nothing changed since Martin" -- what a powerful line, but even more compelling is the child's plea to have money spent on him, not war. It's a sad state of affairs, my friend. I missed this earlier when I was moving to NJ, but am so glad to have found it now! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/10/2010 6:35:00 AM

    Hi Chuck .This touched me so much because of the realism.You honestly brought tears to my eyes.I am so moved by what you have written. It is beautiful my friend. I too have a dream like M.L.King.Maybe one day...The answer lies in LOVE. Thank you for sharing these words. luv and peace to you. June(Sylvia)

  1. Date: 10/7/2010 8:27:00 AM

    Everything seems to be broken. Yet, people think by putting a band aid to it will make it alright... a maddening state we're in..I love your imagery, Chuck!

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 4:41:00 PM

    I like the line "Spend money on me, not war.." I am glad that chose this one to read this eve..Have great night..Sara

  1. Date: 10/5/2010 10:55:00 AM

    good! its an uphill struggle (though)i often wonder why when there are such powerfull organisations in the world, not to mention the sattelites that can moniter things that we get so many (responses wrong)like food distibution,yet every country's gets its arms sorted out.

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 9:14:00 PM

    very interesting Chuck, profound, honest and so much truth here. Harry

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 3:50:00 PM

    Interesting write, I think all politicians tend to make empty promises. Here in SA things hasn't change for the majority of the people. Love your write ;)

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 2:19:00 PM

    Impressive piece Churck.. your comment to me made me smile on this otherwise rainiy day in N.J. luv.. enjoyed your creativity ..

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 1:22:00 PM

    Very wonderful piece of writing on Promises not kept with fine emotions, Chuck

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 12:04:00 PM

    From what I am reading this afternoon it looks as if everyone found some inspiration to write this weekend. Thank you for sharing your excellent poetry with us today Chuck. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 11:43:00 AM

    great peice, much enjoyed

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 11:43:00 AM

    or piece if I could type this morning

  1. Date: 10/4/2010 9:30:00 AM

    Life....and all its disappointments..everyone has a burden, including the one who promises...it gets complicated..regardless, we are all one. Enjoyed this verse, Chuck. Peace, Audrey