how can you tell when a promise
is going to fail?  what are the signs,

a downward cast of the eyes, a smaller promise broken
first, one so small it may have been

forgotten.  no malice, only clumsiness.
(which is endearing, clumsiness is only endearing.)

you could distinguish that sign, the sign of frailty
or evil, if it were distinguishable.  as it is,

the floor is thick with footprints, and leaves;
not even the sign being left knows

what it means, not even the one leaving the sign
feels its power leave him, feels his stature diminished

as it falls.