‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through my place
(One bedroom apartment – a cute little space),
Not a creature was stirring – good thing in my rental;
Cuz if I had a mouse? I’d go totally mental!
Despite all the quiet, sleep still was in vain,
For something annoying kept nagging my brain!
I finally divined what was fueling my fear –
It was nearly the end of a whole ‘nother year!
So I gave up on sleep for my usual tack
Of reviewing the annum – casting my mad mind back.
The thread of my life? Well, it binds and unravels.
But I try to dwell less on travails than on travels!
I love taking trips – that’s when I feel my best;
And my journeys this year all took place in the West.
Though from Oregon six years ago we took leave,
We still had stuff stored up there yet to retrieve.
So I rented a van and cranked up lots of tunes
To take care of that chore ‘mongst the Oregon Dunes.
Was touched that a dear friend asked me to come share
Shimmering Pinecrest Lake and the Lair of the Bear!
Went to Cambria both with Mum and all alone,
Just to gaze at the sea and hear its soothing tone.
Drove forth and drove back betwixt NoCal and SoCal
Trying to find for dear Mummy a new and close locale.
I thought it would bore just to traipse to and fro,
Then got treated to sights like the Grapevine with snow!
Found Mum some new digs and so off we both rode;
Now my home and my heart are in just one zip code!
Though sweet and important to think of the past,
I should look to the future and must rather fast!
I need resolutions – it’s custom and practice.
But the gumption to make ’em? I always, like, lack this…
I believe it is due to my eternal fate:
That I’m destined forever to procrastinate.
It’s no use to pester, remind or cajole,
And it’s not my fault, really – it’s just how I roll.
Nevertheless, it can no more be fought;
To the upcoming epoch, I ought to give thought.
Clear goals are a topic on which I must touch,
Listing what to accomplish and what not so much.
Alas, year to year, it’s a similar song –
My slate of missed goals is distinguished and long…
Like I’ve tried to improve on my housecleaning habits,
But clutter and mess breed in my home like rabbits.
My attempts to be neat, though profound prove half-hearted;
You can go and ask Mum – no wait, don’t get her started…
And I’ve tried to shed pounds but as ever I’ve whined –
Pens and socks I can lose, but the weight I just find…
Yeah, “resolving” I get, but of “listing” I’m less sure –
I want to improve but without undue pressure!
Plus, who knows what edicts will actually serve?
Cuz despite all my plans, life could throw me a curve.
Still, I shouldn’t be lazy and don’t want to hedge –
So for this coming year I will make this my pledge:
Not just to do good at some schedule’s behest,
But be kind in all things and at each do my best.
A tall order, I know – and, yes, aiming high;
But worth it, I think, to go give it a try.
To be thankful each day for the gifts I’ve been given,
And for the surprises that make life worth livin’!
Like being among y’all in the great Blogosphere,
Sharing likes and dislikes and the things we hold dear.
And my thanks to the readers who take precious time
For my good posts and bad posts – and some posts that rhyme.
To all who stop by, I wish joy and good cheer!
As for real resolutions? Well, maybe next year… 😉