Promises Like Pie-Crust

I am mesmerized by Carla Bruni, her life, her songs and her creativity, after my teacher shared one of her work – RaphaĆ«l – which apparently was kinda inspired by her own love life.
She used to be a model who then gave up her modeling career to pursue her passion in music. She’s also the first lady of France at the moment after marrying the President Nicolas Sarkozy.

One of her album, No Promises, which majority of her songs are actually adapted from poems by deceased authors. I stumbled upon “Promises Like Pie-Crust” which was written by Christina Georgina Rossetti. Can’t help it but to get lost in the words.

Hope you’ll enjoy the words as much as I do. I’ve also embedded the song version. If you are unable to view through email, click the following link – http://www.donnadaritan.com/2008/10/promises-like-pie-crust.html.

Promises Like Pie-Crust

by Christina Georgina Rossetti
(1830-1894)

Promise me no promises,
So will I not promise you:
Keep we both our liberties,
Never false and never true:
Let us hold the die uncast,
Free to come as free to go:
For I cannot know your past,
And of mine what can you know?

You, so warm, may once have been
Warmer towards another one:
I, so cold, may once have seen
Sunlight, once have felt the sun:
Who shall show us if it was
Thus indeed in time of old?
Fades the image from the glass,
And the fortune is not told.

If you promised, you might grieve
For lost liberty again:
If I promised, I believe
I should fret to break the chain.
Let us be the friends we were,
Nothing more but nothing less:
Many thrive on frugal fare
Who would perish of excess.


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