Thursday, January 12, 2023

I Hereby Resolve from James W. Ziskin

Do you have any New Year's resolutions as a writer, and what are your plans for 2023?

I’ve posted this in the past and intend to put it up here every year until I’m named poet laureate.

I Hereby Resolve

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-tee,
Or maybe just be satisfied to keep my san-i-tee

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


Connie di Marco said...

Very clever, Jim, I am so impressed! You've missed your calling! But please don't give up mystery fiction.

Ann said...

Iambic heptameter

James W. Ziskin said...

Thanks, Connie! Despite all the money there is to be made in poetry, I’ll stick to mysteries.


James W. Ziskin said...

Ann, iambic heptameter is my go-to form. I often speak in fourteeners. ;-)