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Hollow Promises

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Hollow Promises

When a boy, I was forced to be a man
To large a task, for someone so small
Still when there is love, you do all you can

A minature adult, not very tall
Doing the job, that I was forced to do
To large a task, for someone so small

Happy memories, there were very few
Life was far from easy, trapped in that place
Doing the job that I was forced to do

All of the sadness, I wish I could erase
Won't give me back the days, the childhood lost
Life was far from easy, trapped in that place

You stole my laughter, forced me to pay the cost
All the hollow promises that you made
Won't give me back the days, the childhood lost


Time to forgive, in the ground you are laid
With the hollow promises you made
When a boy I was forced to be a man
still when there is love, you do all you can


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  1. Date: 8/19/2014 7:32:00 AM
    Aww hugs, sometimes situations make it so kids loose the childhood, your poem was so well done, I really enjoy reading you :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/19/2014 8:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I think that's why I love playing now.
  1. Date: 9/5/2013 5:04:00 AM
    My heart aches for that young boy with such heavy burdens to bear....What a gripping write, Richard.....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/5/2013 6:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, no complaints all turned out well in the end.
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 6:43:00 PM
    Just now seeing your terzanelle. It looks like you followed the basic form. I think your message is awesome. I really enjoyed this one. It has great readability.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 6:23:00 PM
    Guess I should count my lucky stars... my life has been filled with love and happiness, especially my early years! Definitely led a charmed life... a very poignant tale, my friend!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/19/2012 7:09:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    That is great Jack!
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 1:57:00 PM
    wow, Richard, an echo of my boyhood here, great poem,

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/19/2012 7:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    It looks like you made it out the other side in tact.
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 11:54:00 AM
    It is not easy for a child to grow up with too high expectations from parents. - You probably did your best. - Touching poem Richard, well written. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/19/2012 7:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks anne
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 11:16:00 AM
    Very moving! Especially if it's autobiographical. And the terzanelle form seems to be perfect for such deeper insights, with these lines entangled and coming back again, renewed in the next verse. Pretty difficult! Hats off, Rick! Ready for contests! Blessings, Hanitra

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/18/2012 11:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Hanitra. Exploring new ways to express my self. I always appreciate your kind words and you spending time here reading my poems.
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 10:19:00 AM
    ...another wow...took me back to my own childhood sadness, and the lost child that never could laugh...sorry you had a rough childhood as well! Great emotional poem!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/18/2012 10:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Sandra, I think our similar background is the reason I connect with your work. If you read Anne's comment below it appears we are not alone. Dispite those challenges we have been provided unique gifts. Probably as a result of our great sadness.
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 9:45:00 AM
    Wow, this hits me hard! Really made me reflect on many of the hard ships I went thru in my life that I did all I could because there was love. What a phenomenal write, Richard. Adding this to my favorites!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/18/2012 10:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I am also so sorry that you share this similar experience. The other poem I just wrote goes even deeper than this one, but it does end on a more positive note.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/18/2012 10:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, learning this new style has provided me with another brush to express myself with. I am glad you liked it.