Untitled (Last year’s resolutions)

I crumble papers
with last year’s resolutions
waived
still waiting for re-cycling
(or to be left in parentheses)
like the bullet point un-
    punctuated…
or poems partly written.
I once had promises to keep
but at least
I didn’t start to smoke.

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Untitled (death by gun) by Felix Gonzales-Torres (fairuse)

Another little poem at the end of the year.

December 26, 2016

19 responses to “Untitled (Last year’s resolutions)

  1. I like this outlook. “I didn’t do what I said I’d do. But at least I didn’t start doing even more bad things.”

    Thanks, B. I’m suddenly feeling much better about the year. 😛

  2. like the bullet point un-
    punctuated…
    or poems partly written.

    Such a great comparison and so lyrically worded. I so appreciate where this poem is coming from, right up to the bathos of the final line.

  3. We have books of notes in boxes and in drawers. Time closes their pages, year by year. These are the tasks we will tend to when we are old, when we have no need for the notes. And we will lovingly spend our dying afternoons, busy at this catalogue. For our children and their children’s children and all those eyes we hope will thrill at our legacy. But they will keep our books of notes in boxes and in drawers. Along with their own. And have time close the pages, year by year.

  4. Pingback: I once had promises to kee: Six takes on the new year. | Erixon Pernia·

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