A promise written in stone

Before her family and God, she promised “to have and to hold, for better, for worse.” Then he broke her heart and her nose. She promised “for richer, for poorer,” not knowing that he would be fired again and again, gambling away what money they did have. She promised “in sickness, in health,” telling herself…

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Smile when you say that

The words are like rocks in my mouth Breaking my teeth on their bitter truth I bite my tongue to distract my mind from the pain Spitting blood and bone Choking on mangled promises If I hold my mouth right I can swallow the worst of it

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