An aim for the new year – a poem 16

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Well another year has been and gone – another Christmas is behind us

New calendars hang on the wall, and daily they remind us

That we’re still getting older, though it seems like two for one

I’m sure I’ve gained at least two years since the last new year begun.

My tread is pretty weary now, my waistline is expanding

My teenage kids are out of touch, beyond my understanding

The list of foods I cannot eat, each year is getting longer

And the things that once were wrong with me, these days are even wronger

I can’t sleep through the night any more, which was once par for the course

For I must get up about four times each night just to “water the horse”

I take tablets by the spoonful, before and after every meal

And it’s darn near lunch time every day before I even know how bad I feel.

I have pink tablets for diabetes, and white tablets for arthritis,

Blue ones for my blood pressure and green ones for nephritis

Pain-killers to help my backache and another one that thins my blood

I should quit the whole lot suddenly and come down with a thud.

Politicians – well a while back I could take ‘em or I could leave ‘em

But with each year that comes and goes, now there’s no way I’ll believe ‘em

I watch ‘em on the telly, they’re in the paper, they’re on the news

But no matter what they have to say now, it contradicts MY views.

We’re all into saving water now more than we’ve ever been before

And we could see that this was coming though for twenty years or more

But we kept putting off what must be done right up to the last minute,

The odds are like the lottery – it’s almost no chance that we’ll win it

As we begin the new year, let’s all look forward with a view

To developing our community with each and every thing we do

Let us strive for more significance in the decisions that we make

And let each and every footprint show the forward steps we take

Let every single one of us be mindful of our place

And be aware of our importance to this, the human race

For the Lord gave us the key to tend the world we have on loan

And we should treat it as a treasure to pass on as our own

We must place a high priority – and must muster our resources –

On looking after rivers and protecting water courses

It is up to every one of us to take this to our heart

Cut down waste and cut pollution – it’s not too late to start.

We all have so much in common, let every neighbour be a friend

Lets build on our relationships and that start will have no end

Look past little niggly things and repair some damage done

Then our lives will be less stressful and we’ll have a lot more fun.

Let’s not hark back to the wrongs done by generations past

Acknowledge them and learn from them, then let that be the last

The lessons should be just that, a lesson to all and then

We’ll ensure we don’t make those mistakes, ever more again

Have patience with the folk we know from other generations

Accept their differing standards and smooth out the corrugations

Work on achieving harmony and if we make these things our mission

The cancers that now eat our world will be in permanent remission

Let us have more compassion for those less well off than we

Whether half a world away or here in our community

Look hard at all their heartache and starvation and the strife

And do our bit to share some of what we have in our life

Now this is just a small start for the difference we could make

If we adopt a change of attitude with each new step that we take

So that our world could change remarkably for the betterment of all

Then so many things would follow to complete the overhaul.

Have you had a good year in 2015? Why or why not?

Guest Contributor

  1. Sorry, couldn’t resist this.
    Happy New Year All.
    Happy Hogmanay to all the Scots out there, “lang may your lum reek”.

  2. So, let’s pack as much as we can into 2016 and after. It is what it is, so let’s not waste a moment. Peace and happiness

  3. Bits of the poem sound a bit like me… 😀 My new calendars face the wall till midnight..old superstition. Still 5 hours to go till then..

  4. Well even though I am nearly one year older most of things in your poem don’t apply to me so I,ll just thank God for the year that was and look forward with optimism to 2016 happy near year to all

  5. Yes it is time we all took more responsibility for Mother Earth, for those suffering, for our community. Not enough people can recognise this, however if those that do see it just do what they can in every day that is an example. A demonstration in worth more than a thousand words,

  6. Thanks for all your contact during 2015 – look forward to a New Year with you all

  7. We should pass our knowledge to the younger generation that will listen and realise that we are NOT just old people to be ignored or forgotten !!!!

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