Thursday, January 9, 2020

I Hereby Resolve... from James W. Ziskin

From Jim

Upon the first of Jan-u-ary each and every year
I choose a comfy cushioned chair on which to park my rear
Then taking pencil, pen, or plume I think with all my might
About my life, my hopes, my dreams and then begin to write

I make a note of all my flaws, my missteps, and my sins
And number them from one to ten and sort them into bins:
A catalogue of wishes, goals, and changes to achieve,
To lose some weight, to write more books, and royalties receive!

But not all thoughts are for myself, I also have a heart
So I resolve to do some good, pitch in, and play my part,
To be a better person and to help human-i-ty,
Or maybe just be satisfied to keep my san-i-ty

For all in all you must admit that things are not so good
At home, abroad, in Baltimore, and in your neighborhood
With guns and hate and politics and fears we cannot quell
It often seems we’re on a highway heading straight to hell 

But then I reason as I sit here in my pensive pose
Some things I can control and fix, so why not start with those?
My wrath, my sloth, and moods most foul are faults I could improve
Why not correct them right away? Cast out, erase, remove?

While in the past I must admit that my resolve was frail
This time my pledge is resolute; I don’t intend to fail
I vow to change, to grow, to thrive, and forge myself anew
And through hard work and sweat and blood I’ll make my dreams come true

But just in case my will is weak and my plans gang ag-ley
I’ll save this verse for twelve months more until next New Year’s Day
Then with high hopes and best intents I’ll shout for all to hear
The very same prom-is-es that I made and broke this year


Terry said...

Love it! Carry on.

Leslie Karst said...

Gang-ag-ley? Hmm....

Love this, Jim! Good luck with them all. And may the new year treat you well!


Susan C Shea said...

I could be writing a book, or I could write a poem that includes "gang-ag-ley.It's a toss up act-u-ally. Happy new year, Jim!

James W. Ziskin said...

Hey, “gang agley” was good enough for Burns... ;-)

Happy New Year!