Breaking A Promise

To Break A Promise

A Poem By David Whyte 

Make a place of prayer, no fuss.

just lean into the white brilliance 

and say what you need to say

all along, nothing too much, words

as simple and as yours and as heard

as the birdsong above your head

or the river running gently beside you.


Let the words join

one to another

the way stone nestles on stone,

the way water just leaves 

and goes to the sea,

the way your promise 

breathes and belongs

with every other promise

the world has ever made.


Now leave them to go on,

let your words

carry their own life

without you, let the promise

go with the river

have faith. walk away


This is one of my favourite poems about making changes that need making, the hard and honest ones. We often promise our hearts and lives to people and situations that aren’t able to hold us in healthy union. This poem is a meditation on the benevolent forms of promise breaking; when supporting your wellness and sanity means disappointing someone. For this first day of spring, may you have the courage to break promises to others or yourself that have kept you from wholeness. This is your permission slip. Happy Spring to you! May it bring you growth and flowers If you need some wingwoman guidance care while you make changes in your life, consider booking an illuminating and supportive session here under the "sessions" index.