My Promise to The Presidential Debate and King Arthur
A lover vies for the hand of his dream
Two candidates vie for the leadership of their country
My Promise (Shakespearean sonnet)
Please take my hand that I may bless your life
And be your shield for any future strife
To be that piece of life that makes you whole
That every day you walk through will be bliss
And all your needs I’ll meet to see you smile
An at your feet such wonders I’ll compile
Your dream your heaven paradise my this
But though I dream alas I’m just a man
A man whose dream right now holds only you
Tomorrow’s dream may change oh yes it’s true
But for this dream I’ll do what legends can
All this I wish plus love that will not die
But I can only promise this I’ll try
A simple Shakespearean sonnet. A lover sings his case to win his desire's hand. He states his case floridly, yet tries not to be misleading. Notice that in the "conflict" stanza (the third stanza), the speaker addresses his dream in every line. He tries to be as honest as he can when it comes to tomorrow and humans and certainty. It is his honesty, that the last line of the sonnet gains its power and meaning.
"I promise." How many times have we heard that? How many time have we heard that only to be let down? I would like to offer an alternative. Instead of pledging a promise, pledge that you will try.
A promise has only two outcomes. Either we succeed in keeping our promise or we fail. In trying (honestly trying) we can still fail or succeed, but we can grow. In promising, things may come up that may prevent one from keeping the promise. For instance: One may promise they will always be there. Then the car breaks down or the cell phone stops working (etc,). The promise is broken, good excuse(s) or not. If life plays this hand too often (all good intentions aside), honor is broken. How does one feel? A promise does not allow for things outside an individual's control. Whereas in the realm of trying, outside circumstances are more understandable, easier to deal with and doesn't negatively effect one's honor. Also, one can accomplish a promise and more, yet I do not feel, the above and beyond a promise is as meaningful as accomplishing more than we try.
There may be times when circumstances require our promise. For all other occasions, consider the power of trying. Honestly trying, And when we try, also always go, always accomplish, always add a little extra. Oh sure, we could do the same thing with a promise. But consider this: if an individual accomplishes all this by simply trying, imagine what a promise would mean. Enter the possibilities of trying. Trying to be all that we are. Each step we try , leads to another success. And as we try, we enjoy.
As we try the wonders of love, to motivate us: Michael Bublé performs
Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes "That's All"
The farthest thing from a promise is a politician
A little known fact about King Arthur (Arthur Pendragon) is that he did not know his mother until he was king. Legend has it, he ruled Britain in the late 5th and early 6th centuries AD. Studio C has a legend of their own. What if back then the people of Britain elected their king. What if the candidates for this high office had to debate each other?
Here is one more quandary: Is it a coincidence legend and laugh both begin with the letter L? "The Presidential Debate and King Arthur - Studio C"
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