New Year's Resolutions

I borrowed my wife’s lipstick

wrote them in the corner of the mirror

that was last January

the words kind of smudged

my 2020 resolutions

forgot about them in February

I stare at them

they wouldn’t have worked anyway

with the kind of year we had

but still too ashamed

to put up new ones

this time I write them on paper

burn them at the Buddhist temple

let the Gods take care of them


  • TS

    Love and perseverance is all that is needed

    • FredPeyer

      You are right TS, but sometimes I do wonder why we even make these resolutions knowing that most likely we will not abide by them.

    • Sam Wolf

      let's hope it all works out
      this time around...a good read

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Sam, by late mother in law was a Buddhist and we used to go to the temple and burn prayers in a special oven. It is believed that the Gods will receive them. Well, I figured that this way my resolutions would be taken care of! 🙂

      • Doggerel Dave

        If at first you don't succeed, at least give someone (me) an empathic chuckle....

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Dave, I am glad I was able to make you smile!

        • dusk arising

          My new years resolution....I write them in the snow and wait till its warmed up a bit to go see what i wrote.

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks d a, unfortunately we don't have any snow here. I could have thrown the paper into the ocean though to see what would happen.

          • Goldfinch60

            Mine are written in my mind so they are soon forgotten.


            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Andy, great answer! Maybe I should have done that and five minutes later they would have been gone.

            • orchidee

              Good write Fred.

              • FredPeyer

                Thanks orchie, I guess you don't need New Year's resolutions, you are already perfect!

                • orchidee

                  I make the resolution each year to improve me singing. I always fail, by about 2nd January! lol.

                • Michael Edwards

                  Nice one Fred - thanks for the smile.

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks for your kind comment, Michael!

                  • L. B. Mek

                    these here, be a perfect go-to example of 'lived-in' words of wisdom,
                    a wonderfully unique take on an age-old problem
                    and yes, in most things: acceptance is key, I too agree

                    • FredPeyer

                      Thanks L.B., and I agree with you!

                    • M.E.M.

                      This poem encapsulates the feeling everyone who’s ever forgotten New Years Resolutions. I love it, and I love the ending!

                      • FredPeyer

                        Thanks so much M.E.M, I really appreciate your comment!

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