“Today’s challenge is to write on the theme of I Promise. The paint chip words and phrases are
sparkle, lapis lazuli, honey, rusty, brushed aluminum, open sesame, and rolling hills. Please use at least three of these terms . . . .”
I made the promise long ago –
Amid rolling hills and pastures green.
In a field of honey-coloured grain,
The sky blue – lapis lazuli,
Witnessed my oath – that a farmer I would be.
But my passion for the land has lost all sparkle
Like the stars – beneath clouds of smoke harmful
The world, now of brushed aluminum and glass –
Of sterile concrete and iron works rusty
Has closed me in.
What shall I do to escape –
To find the land of my promise?
Will it roll back time – and set me free
If I just said, “Open Sesame?”