A New Year resolution,
like a garlic necklace,
stinks before you put it on.
I make Mid-Year resolutions
so I feel only half bad
when I break them:
1) Make the dogs tell the truth,
never let them lie
2) Avoid the news
unless it comes from
over the neighbor’s fence
3) Save water
4) Hord 2 things needed for a good life,
dental floss & toe nail clippers
5) Don’t talk about the weather,
it already knows what it is
6) Donate shelf-less books to Good Will,
maybe they’ll find a Good home
7) Howl at night,
with the coyotes
8) Don’t ask what time it is,
trees don’t count their rings,
& the half-life of the flitting flea
9) Stop all pilgrimages,
let Mecca come here
10) Dream of Ethiopia
where weather & metaphysics
do not exist and time is merely
space for physical love
Ha! Reminds me I need to find my toenail clippers. 😉
Kinda starts goofy, but then, then “dream of Ethiopia” – whoa
Delightful rules to live by!
particularly like 8&9
💙👏🏼 Love these all!
I will never pick up a clove of garlic again without thinking of this poem! Love 2 and 5 the most!
#9 is a wise revelation
Love the ending! There’s a lot cooking here…
I love this, Jim! Half year resolutions!
I love all of these, and especially the idea of a half year resolution.