Resolutions: I Promise | Spoken Word Poem by Natalie Patterson

-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 intentions. I do not promise often. But there comes a day when I’m
more than wild woman, more than what I have
accomplished or seek to. And as that day approaches, 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 to surrender, to that everything ain’t
gonna grow like I go grow, ain’t gonna know what I know
how I know, and that is okay. 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 she 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 already forgotten that she loves me unconditional. Just a silly girl,
wanting more and more and more but already having
everything I need. I promise to laugh hardest when,
when life is most challenging. I promise to tell strangers
that they are beautiful because they probably 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 scared
and stubborn at first and when I am,
I promise to lean into it, to let life make a masterpiece
of me to say everything that needs to be said
in a 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 or 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.

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

  1. Natalie can speak these words and make them more beautiful than anyone else ever could

  2. mmm this was deep, loved it. I was thinking of doing a spoken word New Years video. Deffo doing it now. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. "I promise to remember how to love in the face of hurt in my heart"…"there is still love in separation.. There is still

  4. Such beautiful words to warm your heart on difficult days<3 "There is love in letting go"… Thank you Natalie. Xx

  5. Natalie, you are a queen. Your words and your passion always make my eyes water

  6. This is so beautiful. I wish you the best and hope you can continue doing these videos. I needed this so much today. Thank you so much.

  7. To me, this is a perfect example of how you should start off every day, and every year, be thankful and make promises. Look towards the future and find where you need to be, where you belong. In order for there to be happiness you need this, this type of speech, this type of wisdom/awareness, this type of dedication and passion, this type of love for those around you… this spoken truth.

  8. Whenever I hear Natalie speak, it makes me want to go out and change the world – I can never thank you enough for these words I could never find but you did.

  9. Every single video she's done for this channel is powerful and positive and I love every second of it. She's gifted.

  10. DAYUM!!! Gave me goosebumps! Felt every word. Gosh her energy and authenticity! Amazing. Powerful. More please! πŸ™‚

  11. THANK YOU all for such positivity and love. I continue to be inspired by the SoulPancake community. This is one of the best YT channels in the world and I'm so happy to share my poetry with you all. Stay connected with me & find more of my work at

  12. Whenever I see a new video from Natalie, my heart smiles. Natalie, you are an amazing poet and beautiful woman! I wish I would be brave like you one day. xoxo

  13. Thank you for putting her vids on this channel!! Loved her since her very first vid here!!

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

  15. 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.

  16. I promise to never stop picking up on energy or feeling responsible for humanity. πŸ‘‚πŸΎπŸ“β€οΈπŸ‘ŒπŸΎ

  17. Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! Love this women's words. A prophet, no doubt.

  18. "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.

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

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

  21. This message couldn't have come at a better time in my life πŸ™‚ thank you!!

  22. 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

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

  24. 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. πŸ’—

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. She speaks with her heart, I can see it because her eyes shine at every single word she says β™₯

  28. 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 youβ™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘β™‘

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

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

  31. Thank U Gorgeous Beautiful Earth Angel Sis-STAR!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE U & your fabulous incredible inspiring Intellect! U go GIRL!!!

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