Question: If I promise to remember you every day until the day I die, but one day forget you, will the whole edifice of my life come crashing down and destroy me?
What is a promise anyway but a form of words? An intention (real or imaginary) to carry out an act. A commitment to stand by one’s word. A bond of trust. A negotiating strategy between proven liars and psychopaths. A con trick. A power play. A self-deceit. A devil in disguise. A quixotic knight. A leap of faith. A work of art. A poetic vision. A sorcerer’s spell. A utopian ideal grasping for truth and perfection. A token of love tainted by the near certainty of disappointment and betrayal.
Promises may be true OR false.
They may also be true AND false at the same time.
Will you believe my promises and return them – sweet angel, sweet devil?
Please don’t hold them against me. For I am only a man and easily broken, like the fragile promises I sometimes make and do not keep.
06 August 2018