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“i think we can make this work.”

“i think we can too.”

“but you have to promise me something.”

“within limits.”

“promise me you’ll never leave the hand soap empty. promise me that when you see the faucet accidently leaking on the counter, you’ll take a towel and mop it up instead of just shrugging and walking away. promise me you won’t leave your jeans rumpled in the hall because they ‘didn’t make it’ all the way into the room.”

“i can’t lie, i can’t promise that. but i will promise to never leave your hands empty. i will promise that when your bad day has leaked all over your cheeks, i’ll take my lips and wipe it away. and i promise that i’ll never leave your feelings rumpled outside a locked bedroom door.”

“i can compromise with that.”

“and can you promise me something?”

“i’ll certainly try.”

“promise me you won’t drag me into some chick flick where the guy cries more than the girl. promise me you won’t spend half of my paycheck on a pair of shoes you already have in a different color. and promise you won’t delete my recording of ‘dirty harry’ so you can record ‘america’s next top gossip designer’ or whatever it is you’re watching this week.”

“no deal. but i will promise i will drag you laughing into bed when we’re soaked to the bone with rain and our teeth are clicking and our hands are the only things warm on our bodies. i will promise that i’ll spend half my thoughts on ‘you’ and the other half on ‘us.’ and i will promise that i’ll delete my petty emotional baggage instead of shoving it in your arms and expecting you to haul it through my stress.”

“one more thing.”

“sure.”

“promise to love me in the morning when my breath smells like last night and bad decisions. promise to love me in the afternoon when my energy flatlined and i’m snapping at you because it keeps me from falling into a coma. promise to love me at night when i’m impatient and shaking through dinner with our friends because i can’t taste the tuna when i’m thinking about tasting your collarbone.”

“that’s easy. i promise to love you when you’re gross, irritating and embarrassing.”

“and i promise i won’t be like that often.”

“liar.”
{"we could run all night
and dance upon the architecture
come and take my hand
i'll do the very best i can
boy, i still wanna be your man
i’m still these nervous feet and heart of stone
forget this dead mans town, i’ll take you home"
--the gaslight anthem

full title: i can't promise what you want, but i will promise what you need.
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Corina, this all dialogue story/poem is captivating, keeping me guessing which promise will come next, which will be rejected and which will be offered. The metaphorical aspect is not lost, I can totally see this as an internal dialogue passing silently between a couple's eyes as they exchange rings, vows, what have you. The frank way one asks the other not to leve the soap empty contrasts so beautifully with the metaphorical responses. I'm reminded of Disney movies where something said is responded to in song, and although your voice is not particularly lyrical, it is extremely flexible and adaptable, able to change faces and create lovely contrasts at every turn in your writing. Another great example of this is the way you provoke serious and emotional thoughts in the reader, making her think of her own experiences and possibly bringing her to tears. Next sentence she is laughing out loud. The comedic tone is the silver lining of this piece. Thanks a bunch and keep on writing.
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LilDevilChild Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I just love this! It's sweet and very touching, yet at the same time funny because it's exactly what life is like when it comes to promises
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HonestyRox Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Writer
this is so freaking perfect.
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
i don't know about perfect, but thank you. from the bottom of my heart.
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HonestyRox Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Writer
keep being amazing.
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Hi123321 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness. I am utterly in love with this piece.

The thought of promises is so cliched that I'm blown away by how original and still sweet this is. I'm three years late, but I am definitely going to read more of your works. This is an easy favorite. (:
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Rasenryu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i got all misty-eyed reading this. . .
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Rasenryu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whoops, this is in the wrong place. . .
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Fangs2Go Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
I can't tell you how many times I go back to read this... I don't even know if I had commented on this yet, but I just love it; it reminds me of a conversation I had with someone :)
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thefireflyliberation Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
thank you so, so much. i am so glad it resonated with you.
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Fangs2Go Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
:)
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Lily-Paige Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
This is so sweet!
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank you so much!
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fireonthemtn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
This is AMAZING! i love it...i would love to sen this to my fiance if you wouldnt mind....i will credit you in every way....
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Insiv Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
This is sooo beautiful. :D
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bottled-roses Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
I can't favorite this enough <3
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LittleTenshi Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Amazing :heart:
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Zinzeta84 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Student Artist
Sweet and Realistic
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elisibeth Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
lol i could kinda relate.
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Mooncakes1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love. love. love.
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ArtisanGareth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
just pure awesome.
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Katnip160 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Wow.
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myworldz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
wow!! sweet dialogue !!
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myworldz Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011   Traditional Artist
wow!! sweet dialogue !!
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The-Ghost-Dancers Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I love this. It is beautiful and now one of my favourites :heart: Wonderful work.
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ohmyninja Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010
awwh! omg, this is sooo beautiful!
i absolutely LOVE it!
great job!
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city-soul Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Breathtaking and very genuine. I am in awe. :heart:
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RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really think this is beautiful. It reminds me of how so often we get caught up in asking for what we think we want, without stopping to look for what we really need.

Amazing work. :+fav:'d! :D
:heart: Raimei
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MekaMouse Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Student Writer
I think this is probably one of your best.
It's most certainly one of my favourites.
You write with such feeling and love.
This was just such a believable idea :)
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Tyrace Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
awww a very good friend of mine showed me this and i have to say it was well worth the 5mins i waited for deviant art to load *dialup* it is very beautiful and i cannot wait to share it with my spouse
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thefireflyliberation Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
yes, deviantART loads rather slowly now :heart::heart: i am so glad you liked it though!
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aalyj Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Ahhhh this is beautiful, logical and heartwarming. :lol:
And I'm like, 99% sure I already faved and commented this forever ago, but I'm gonna do it again. xD
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
haha, i'm so glad you enjoyed it! [twice!]
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aalyj Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010
:aww:
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gummy-bears-luv-meh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
i love it :clap:
im gonna read it again
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i still love it :D
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank youuu! :]
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gummy-bears-luv-meh Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
urr welcome ^u^
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OceanLore Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Student Photographer
I love all the compromises in this. It shows what a true relationship should be like.
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thefireflyliberation Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
:heart:! thank you :]
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
*smile*
i love, love, love this. i can't say how much.
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thefireflyliberation Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
:heart::heart:! thank you :]
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cat-mcr-ever Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
i absolutely love this, for love is when we can find a fairytale in our everyday life
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
exactlyyy
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bass-beats-n-melody Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009   Writer
you are an amazing writer, please keep writing, I would love to hear more from such an amazing person!
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
that means so much -- thank you!
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RogueFace Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That was amazing. I have never read something that describes my wife and I in such perfect detail. So incredible. :)
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank you soso much!
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Swaking Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009   Writer
Can't imagine a more true, emotion wrenching work of art. Extraordinary job
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank you!
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L-forever Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Hobbyist
this is absolutely amazing (:
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:iconthefireflyliberation:
thank you so much!
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