Poetry & Art

We Promised

we promised each other we would always remember, we swore we would never forget.

but that was before, back when we were together, we hadn’t departed just yet.


now fifty states and a thousand mistakes lie between the crux of our brains

and all that I dream is to reach for the phone and pretend that you’re calling my name.


you’ll tell me that you miss me, then I’ll shout “I feel the same”

you’ll whisper “I’ll be back”

you’re still my secret cure of pain


but instead, I cry a river

and now await the sun

for I don’t have the means to build a bridge

not the energy to run


across, to the land of forget

across, to the land of forgive

we never planned our death

we were too hopeful that we’d live


but we are not immortal,

and all good things must end.

nothing lasts forever,

I just wish that we’d stay friends


because we promised

we promised

we promised


instead of suffering in silence,

instead of suffering alone

that would really be the test

to prove that you’re full grown


but I can’t have what doesn’t exist

and I won’t wait around to try

but when I was falling for you fast

it almost felt like I could fly


so promises are broken,

and really everything must die

but when I was falling for you fast

it almost felt like I could fly


so promises are broken,

and really everything must die

you weren’t my first just the first that I chose

I won’t forget the reason why


so now my heart is pierced

with broken shards of glass

I was a fool to think you’d catch me

I was a fool to think we’d last


with a thousand hellos and no proper goodbye,

your memory remains

I’ve been trying to forget you

but you’re cemented in my brain.


We Promised



Author: Jackie Paladino
Email: [email protected]
Author Bio: Jackie Paladino is a poet, singer, songwriter, actress, and model currently residing in New York City.  A student of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Ms. Paladino was most recently seen as Sara in the Off-Broadway Production of “A Family Christmas Reunion.”  She has also recently performed in a L’Oreal Commercial, at the United Nations, PIT, and the PNC Arts Bank Center.  When she isn’t acting or writing, you can most easily find her and her band throughout the tri-state area.  Feel free to find music videos of hers via Buzzfeed here http://bzfd.it/2Cv1MkP,  music releases via Coffeehouse Label here http://bit.ly/2rnasDU, and more about her at Jackie-Paladino.com.  Bookings through MMG Management.
Link to social media or website: Instagram @jackiepaladinohttp://www.jackie-paladino.com


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