Monday, January 3, 2011

The Poetry Bus: Good Housekeeping

This week, The Professor gave three choices in a prompt for the New Year: a. a poem about ten minutes and the progress of feeling during that time; b. a poem about constructive change in the New Year; or c. a version of Auld Lang Syne. (She does explain this better in her post, linked above.)

Thanks to Peader at TotalFeckinEejit for administering the bus station--and all those who have delivered poetry prompts since I have been participating. Their blogs are The Weaver of Grass, The Muse Swings, and now Revolutionary Revelry.
And also thanks to the other participants, who have come by to comment and who have also contributed to the Bus! I have enjoyed checking out new lives, new views, new words. The world of poetry is alive and well, at least in the electronic media. Happy New Year to you all, and many fine words!


                No Escape

      I hide from those I should easily meet;
      Often I wonder where my courage went.
      And when bravery returns and sets my feet
      I find my efforts were mostly mis-spent.
      Many I know dismiss change for the good,
      They want just what they please, and nothing more.
      I recoil from petty injustice and brood
      Amidst petty pleasures behind my doors.
      Often I am angered by an unjust world,
      Along with my failure to prevail in it;
      Sometimes those two are so tightly curled,
      That faulting others makes me a hypocrite.
          To stand for another, to attack all that’s worst
          I must straighten my house; be just inside first.


      -- Ann T. Hathaway

14 comments:

Slamdunk said...

Well done Ann T.

Glad to start the New Year off right with one of your excellent blog posts.

Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Thank you! And very Happy New Year to you.

Ann T.

Bob G. said...

Ann:
Short and to the point...sounds (and looks) JUST like me...lol.

Very well done.
Good poem!

DO have a great (and inspirational) week.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
I think it's my New Year's resolution! To get out more, right, and gain some Perspectve sadly lacking against Zombies and others.

Thanks for reading, my friend,
Ann

Helen said...

Quite the introspective look to begin a new year .... a lot of wisdom in your words.

Peter Goulding said...

A well-crafted sonnet, Ann, and a timely reminder to us all to get our own houses in order first!

Ann T. said...

Dear Helen,
It is a bit of a downer, isn't it? But I assure you, the more inward this look gets, the more outward it will end up! Maybe when I take out the trash!

Thanks for coming by!
Ann T.

Ann T. said...

Dear Peter,
Thanks as always for stopping by. And I will say, housekeeping is not my forte!

I appreciate, as always, your feedback!

Ann T.

Carolina Linthead said...

Beautifully done, Ann T.! My toes only hurt a little :-) I am still a bit flat, mentally and emotionally, but I am benefiting from lots of rest, and I'm just now checking out some of the fine contributions to Jeanne Iris's prompts. The new semester starts next week, so it is "once more into the breach" for me.

Ann T. said...

Dear C.L.,
We crusaders! We outrun our supply chain and then have to rest up.

As for your toes, I don't know what happened to them--but mine were curling a little bit with this one. I never tromped a foot, sir!

Take a deep breath for the semester--that's prep too--and exactly the kind of thing I meant.

Ann T.

The Bug said...

This reminds me of our Christmas poem - except of course I was hoping to get OUT of housekeeping LOL. Well done!

P.S. my word verification is "wines" - perhaps that will help make the housekeeping more entertaining? Or not?

Ann T. said...

Dear The Bug,
Oh yes! Getting out of housework is in the top Ten.

And some wine, after today, would not be amiss!

Thanks for popping in,
Ann T.

suz said...

I like it, and I identify with it!

Totalfeckineejit said...

Fine words Ann T and yes if we want to change the world let's all start with 'me'