Peace and Ten Pounds

20171227_172448Happy New Year, dear readers. I’ve gotten in the habit of leaving work early on the last Wednesday of each month and visiting the Charles House Center for Community Eldercare. While I’m there, I read poetry and talk about both the words and the poets who wrote them.

I tend to pick a theme for each visit. Sometimes there’s a birthday of a famous poet to celebrate but this most recent Wednesday we celebrated something more obvious, the arriving new year. I read a couple of 19th century new year’s poems by Tennyson and Clare and then we did a deep into Auld Lang Syne which is an even older Scottish song that Robert Burns recorded and expanded. I read both the original in Scots Dialect and translated it into my American dialect.

To conclude each session, we write a poem together. I stand at a dry erase board and have them pitch me lines. It works quite well and we’ve come up with some very nice little poems this way. I’ve shared this month’s result below. Since all the poems I read to them were about saying good-bye to the old year, we decided to write a hopeful poem about our resolutions for 2018.

Peace and Ten Pounds

We make a defiant resolution,
once again, for peace.
We’ll brew a cup o’kindness
to share with our enemies,
open a book of hope
and lend it to our friends,
bake a whole plate of cookies,
just for ourselves
then resolve to lose ten pounds,
once again.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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6 Responses to Peace and Ten Pounds

  1. Carolyn says:

    That’s great Bart! Best wishes for a Happy 2018!


  2. Morrow Dowdle says:

    This is just beautiful. I love that you do this outreach. What a pleasure it must be for the participants.


  3. Cassa Bassa says:

    ‘Auld Lang Syne’ one of my fave classic. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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