This was the year that was not the year

January is the month of resolutions: making them, breaking them, whatever you like. So, I’m dedicating this week’s poem to them. I found this one by Brian Bilston and I love his attitude towards resolutions. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Make of the year what you want. Just nice and easy. I like that.

This was the year that was not the year
I repaired the bathroom tap
and emptied out the kitchen drawer
of a lifetime’s worth of crap. 

This was the year that was not the year
in which I launched a new career. 
A West End hit eluded me 
as did Time Person of the Year. 

This was the year that was not the year
I became a household name. 
Action figures were not sold of me. 
I wasn’t made a dame. 

This was the year that was not the year 
I spent less time on my phone. 
Nights of passion did not happen
in boutique hotels in Rome. 

This was the year that was the year 
I didn’t get that much done – 
much the same as the year before, 
much like the one to come.

Brian Bilston


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