by Philip F De Pinto

If you have a hankering to start
start anywhere you wish
to break a promise or a dish

Once broken know
a promise will not adhere
with glue as will a dish

and nothing remains to do
with broken promises but sweep
them under rugs or anywhere

as will prevent those who trusted
us to keep them in our care
from seeing them in such disrepair

If you have a hankering
to hook a fish my dear
start anywhere on this pier

then hooked - either release him
because you think him small
or keep to toss the big boy in a frier

and if you wish
serve him
In that mended dish


Posted on 04/24/2018
Copyright © 2022 Philip F De Pinto

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 04/25/18 at 12:20 AM

as I am a fisherman I keep nothing that I’m not going to eat and I love the write

Posted by Glenn Currier on 04/26/18 at 10:07 PM

Phil, your poem, written with only one punctuation mark, made me pause in all the right places as I read it aloud. I learned something about writing, as often happens when I pause to read your work. The rhymes are delicious and of course, the thought is profoundly attached to the image and the reality of broken promises that lay in the wake of our lives. Thanks dear sir.

Posted by Matthew Zangen on 08/04/18 at 12:18 AM

A tragically well cast metaphor, crafted carefully. Unless I'm way off course, I think we're on the same boat, watching someone fish on the shore they said they wanted to sail away from, but they just wanted to go fishing. Feh, forgive the misplaced word play. The best revenge is living a better life. Thanks for sharing this, Philip.

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