Second Chance at a New Year’s Resolution

It’s been a while since I was here

I apologise for this

I have every good intent to write

But I always seem to miss

*

With life and stuff the days go by

And weeks, and months and years

And with it, the chance to make my mark

Aye, now that’s the root of fear

*

I want to write, I really do

I love the literary flow

I hate myself for wasting time

Watching TV shows

*

The time of year is no excuse

There’s no reason to be outside

The snow banks tower along my street

They make me want to hide

*

Netflix is the culprit,

of that I’m truly sure

There’s always another episode

Another cliffhanger to endure

*

And so we waste another night

Hypnotised by the ghostly glow

As we plow through a season-full

Of the latest must-see show

*

The less I write, the more I fear

I’ll lose my sparkling wit

And then when finally I do write

I’ll sound like a blithering twit

*

There’s always a good reason

For avoiding the written word

They’re all just silly excuses

From the sublime to the absurd

*

The ironing pile, the washing up

The car that must be cleaned

The dog to walk, the food to cook

And yes, the flickering computer screen

*

I will do more I promise you

I’ll turn over a new leaf

My New Year Resolution is

To write you twice each week

*

But wait, New Year? It’s rather late

You’re two months overdue!

Well no, it’s not, if you just accept

A different worldly view

*

Just yesterday on Feb 19th

A whole new year began

Thank you Chinese astrologers

For the Year of the Sheep (or Goat, or Ram)

 

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