Resolutions: I Promise | Spoken Word Poem by Natalie Patterson



In celebration of the new year, Natalie Patterson performs a new poem about resolutions and promises.

Written and Performed by: Natalie Patterson
Filmed and Edited by: Jacob Menache

Resolutions: I Promise

It is rare that I make resolutions
Don’t want them to haunt me in the dead of night
Each day guilted by all the things I said I would or would not do

I only do what I want, when I want
With a full heart or not at all
And the rest will have to settle somewhere between my lips and my intention

I don’t promise often

But there comes a day
When I am more than wild woman
More than what I’ve accomplished or seek to and as that day approaches
You should know:
I promise to remember how to love
In the face of hurt in my heart
I will love you
Foolishly, at times but brave
I promise to forgive
To ignite the soft of me and surrender to that everything ain’t gonna grow like I grow
Aint gon’ know what I know, how I know
And that is ok
There is still love in separation
Still love in letting go

I promise to love myself
To honor this girl with dreams she can’t stomach yet but tries hard to
In the morning, I will pray to a God I hope to be more like and she will laugh Knowing I have forgotten already that she loves me unconditionally
Just a silly girl wanting more and more and more
But having everything I already need

I promise to laugh hardest when life is most challenging
I promise to tell strangers they are beautiful because they haven’t heard it in too long
I promise to dance across the floor when I’m excited

I promise to be excited

To sit with my mother to remind her that she makes amazing things
To listen to my elders, to honor the repetition in their stories
To watch intently as my nephew and niece blossom
I promise to call my sister
To love her because she grows our family when I might not

And none of this comes easy
None of it will be overnight
I might be sacred and stubborn at first and when I am
I promise to lean into it
To let life make a masterpiece of me
To say what needs to be said in the moment and trust that I am prepared

I promise to listen to the way God moves
I promise to be moved
To not stop noticing the details in the day
The way you hesitate before speaking
Or the nervous girl at the table next to me
I promise to never stop picking up on energy
And feeling responsible for humanity
I promise to let this fire rage
To drink more water and carry this skin like a gift
I promise to breathe on purpose
And fall in love without fear

I promise. I promise. I promise.

GET MORE FROM SOULPANCAKE:
SUBSCRIBE for new videos every weekday: http://bitly.com/SoulPancakeSubscribe
THE SPOONFUL, our weekly dose of good stuff from across the web: http://ow.ly/t7K7p

MERCH STORE: http://bit.ly/soulpancakeshop
Buy our BOOK: http://book.soulpancake.com

Follow us on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/soulpancake
TWEET us at: http://twitter.com/soulpancake
Visit our WEBSITE: http://soulpancake.com

-~-~~-~~~-~~-~-
How do students react when high school boys are treated like women in Congress?? CLICK HERE to find out!

-~-~~-~~~-~~-~-

source

Fahad Hameed

Fahad Hashmi is one of the known Software Engineer and blogger likes to blog about design resources. He is passionate about collecting the awe-inspiring design tools, to help designers.He blogs only for Designers & Photographers.

41 thoughts on “Resolutions: I Promise | Spoken Word Poem by Natalie Patterson

  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    Nice words! Please check out my new poetry channel..I will be uploading more content soon! Let me know what you think 🙂

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    It's like you said everything I needed to hear…the power of poetry! Thank you Nathalie, lots of love from Italy ^^

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    you are beautiful. your words move me, and i am beyond excited to be able to put your words into a dance in a play im in. you are motivating, and i feel alive listening to you, thank you♡♡♡♡♡

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    She speaks with her heart, I can see it because her eyes shine at every single word she says ♥

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    I love Natalie Patterson <3 Such a lovely woman with such a deeply moving voice- a voice that she chooses to use (Thank universe!) and ignite spirits with <3 Thank you gorgeous amazing Natalie <3

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    "To fall in love without fear"………. that I can't promise……..

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    I am so excited that SoulPancake is putting out so many videos of Natalie's beautiful spoken word poems. After discovering the first two videos with her poems, I would come back to watch them day after day and let the messages soak in. "I have a beautiful body." Natalie, you have changed my life. I can not wait for more!

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    I have goosebumps in my stomach is that possible?! "I promise to laugh hardest when, when life is most challenging…" this is a promise I need to keep right now and I cannot thank you enough Natalie for reminding me of this. 💗

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    You, girl, are a beautiful one, inside and out, and your words always move me.

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    Thank you for sharing your gift and feeding my soul with your beautiful words!

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    Thank you….my little spark just glowed a little brighter.

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    I don't think one of your poems has ever not made me cry. Your words make me feel more awake. Thank you. Lots of love and a VERY happy new year xxxx

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    This message couldn't have come at a better time in my life 🙂 thank you!!

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    This is so inspiring. I'm going to take this spoken word with me throughout this year

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    Now THAT'S the way to start a New Year! Thanks for your energy Natalie. Keep inspiring!

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    "There is still love in separation, still love in letting go."
    This is so beautiful, I had to watch twice! The ending gave me goosebumps.

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    i just don't understand people who thumbs down beautiful expressions like this

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    I promise to never stop picking up on energy or feeling responsible for humanity. 👂🏾📝❤️👌🏾

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    I love this so much. Natalie's words are full of hope and love and courage. I love that her New Year's resolutions have depth and heart. This is really beautiful.

    Reply
  • August 23, 2017 at 4:26 am
    Permalink

    does she refer to God as a "she" i mean i find nothing wrong with it, it just caught me off guard

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *