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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Resolutions

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The second day of the New Year
opens its eyes
Broken resolutions lay
on the floor like a shattered champagne flute
Sweep them into the dustpan
and lay them to rest with the stale leftovers
You think they are forgotten
Yet they merely lay buried
with the second verse of "Auld Lang Syne"
and the tiny shard of glass
that pricks your foot
in the most tender spot
like a broken promise.

submitted for Imaginary Garden With Real Toads, Kerry Says: Let's Make a Few Resolutions

19 comments:

Brian Miller said...

ha. i saw a big billboard today for a workout seminar on january 18th...and i told my mom they were going to be too late then...ha...all resolutions will be broken by then...

Fireblossom said...

Ow. I misread it at first as "state leftovers" and i was picturing Stalin throwing out old banana peels or something. I need help, I realize!

Every year I make a resolution not to eat asparagus, which i hate. I keep my resolution every year! This year i also resolve not to write a collection of haiku.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I like the idea of sweeping the broken resolutions into the dustbin!!!!

Robert Bourne said...

I will only eat asparagus if Fireblossom does... I hope she hangs tough...most resolutions last about that long... so your poem rings true...

hedgewitch said...

The metaphor of the glass under(in)foot works really well, LM--but let's hope it's from one of those toasts that are so final you have to shatter your glass.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love it! I am making no resolutions this year so I can't be cut by their broken edges.

Susan said...

I know, I know, that space in the unconscious which holds everything we may work with someday if only to move away from what hurts us. Very wonderful locating of the storage of the neglected.

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

when I'm resolute about something i tell no one and then pat myself in the back when it comes true.

I'm resolute about recognizing this moment for this moment is my new year and then the next moment will be my new year... etc, etc, etc (from 'the King and I').

may you have a lovely next moment
mi amiga

Kim Nelson said...

Your message is a strong, smart one. Your vehicle, verse is so well written. Nice work.

Marian said...

stupid glass. i hate that.
happy new year!

grapeling said...

ouch.... guilty. ~

Grace said...

I like the analogy ~ Happy New Year to you LM ~

Bouncin Barb said...

Very appropro for the New Year!

Hannah said...

Your last four lines were especially powerful. Well done. Is that your mouse illustration with the snowflakes upper right? If so...I love it, truly.

Margaret said...

Very clever - I have my broom in the corner of the room - ready for action :)

Pealogic said...

Or is the shard that pierces your foot a persistent reminder, a sign you've overlooked something?
Great writing.
Pea

wkkortas said...

Terrific stuff, just the right combination of a wee bit of edginess and a dollop of winsome.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Ah, yes.. it's those tiny shards that remind us that we once sort to improve on our own work in progress.

All the best for 2014, LM.

Mynx said...

I no longer bother with resolutions that will only need forgetting.
Love this poem