Penciled Resolutions

Written for:  Friday Writings #8:  Resolutions
(posted by Rommy)

"If you are looking for a prompt to bend your words around, may I suggest New Year’s resolutions – whether you love them or loathe them, if you’ve made any for this upcoming year, or what the idea of resolutions means to you."

As a child
this annoying tradition
was forced upon us
by tortuous teachers
who considered it their mission.

I wrote mine
on a yellow-lined pad
in pencil, so that
I had the option of
erasing those I thought too rad.

An adult
now, I never write any.
They whirl in my brain;
I'm not apt to forget
them.  They are
frightfully many.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Penciled Resolutions

  1. Sadje says:

    Perhaps the teachers thought it would give incentive to the children.


  2. Ha ha, yes. I too can find many areas needing improvement!


  3. Helen Dehner says:

    Fascinating the way a poetry prompt dredges up memories from the past .. like yours. Delightful the way we can create poetry from them .. like yours.


  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    An interesting look at resolutions through the years … and so well said.


  5. Kestril Trueseeker says:

    I hated writing assignments like that in school! LOL, I assumed that since I disliked most of the assignments, I wasn’t really much of a writer. It turns out you can’t stop me from writing about things that actually interest me. 😀


  6. So true. Resolutions should only be written in pencil!


  7. dsnake1 says:

    i remembered that it was not the teachers who told us to write resolutions but rather amongst us students. we would then compare notes and have a good laugh or argument. In adult years I made some, to sort of motivate myself, but became hit and miss affairs in later years.


  8. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    Erasers are very useful little implements, aren’t they? 🙂


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