Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions?

I read somewhere that New Year's Resolutions have an 80% failure rate.  Sort of a dismal outlook.  

I guess it's because, if you didn't get it done the previous year, there's no reason to think you'll do something just because the calendar turns.  It makes sense.  Still,  I was in the mood to make a few changes today and decided January 1 was as good a time as any to get started.  I kicked this off by rolling up the area rug in our living room and throwing it out.  Then I made a resolution to get rid of our area rug.  We've got two cats and a dog and let's just say--it's easier to clean cat fur balls off a wood floor than a rug.  Things were already looking up and I was ahead of the 80% failure curve.  

My mom - sweet 16

Next I thought about what I'd like to do differently with my blog this year, and I decided I'd like to share some of my favorite poems.  Other people write about books they've read or art they've done or photos they've captured -- and I write about those too now and again, but I want to share the things I really treasure - and that is poetry.  I don't mean poems I've written -- I look back and find most of mine to be drivel and I'll spare you that --  but things others have written.  They are words that made me think about things in a new way, or captured a feeling I had experienced, or painted a picture in my mind.  So I sorted through all my favorites and got them ready, and every Wednesday this year will be Poetry Party Wednesday here at Quinceberry.

And to kick off the party, even though it isn't a Wednesday, one of my favorites by e e cummings...

i carry your heart with me

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)

i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)

e e cummings


suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Teri what a superb poem by E.E. Cummings and what a superb way to "turn the page" and start afresh with this New Year ahead with some beautiful new poetry to read here on your blog.
Wishing you many hours of inspirational creativity filling you up with joy and happiness!

Janet Ghio said...

Thanks Teri! What a beautiful poem.

Lisa said...

Congratulations on accomplishing your resolution already! I love the poetry idea, can't wait to enjoy more and your tags are beautiful!!

YONKS said...

Simply beautiful. Thanks :-)

jaeartworks said...

The news here in Dallas reported that a new study shows that you're even less likely to keep the resolution if you tell people. Hmmm...not sure about that. You started with EE Cummings so I'm already hooked;)

craftyM said...

Love the idea to share your favorite poetry on Wed, Terri. I will try to remember to make my way back every Wed. I used to collect all kinds of poetry, then life kind of got too busy and I got away from it, but would love to enjoy it again.....Thanks for bringing me back to something I love.

Tammy Freiborg said...

I'll be sure to attend the Poetry Party; it is sure to be inspiring.

Bea said...

Getting rid of the rug! GOOD IDEA.
Making just try to keep myself centered in the moment and worry about that. It's really all I have.
LOVE POETRY, can't write it worth beans but I love this poem. thanks for sharing it with us. :)Bea

Aimeslee said...

Lovely images and words, Teri. xoxo

Holli said...

e.e.cummings is one of my very very favorites!! Great choice!! I love your artwork as well Teri... vey ethereal.

Holli said...

e.e.cummings is one of my very very favorites!! Great choice!! I love your artwork as well Teri... vey ethereal.

Thauna said...

Love your tags!! I always have resolutions, but I'm usually renewing them throughout the year...sometimes every Monday. lol I love fresh starts!