Hello 2017

I step gingerly into 2017—emerging from the remains of a brief flu and a tentative reorientation of my priorities. In the chaos of inner shifts and a deepening realization of the immediate rehab needs of one of our puppies (after kneecap realignment surgery)–and acceptance of the time involved—I have been contemplating changes in my posting habits. I may post less frequently.  I also may decrease my reliance on prompts…though they will definitely continue to be in the mix as I highly value the community and learning aspects of prompt challenges.

I put some words down recently in an attempt to extricate myself from Tomorrow, a song lodged in my mind after watching the 1982 version of the musical, Annie.  In this  movie clip Annie sings for Eleanor Roosevelt and President Franklin Roosevelt.


believe in a brighter tomorrow,


as if there is no tomorrow,


strive for a better tomorrow.


Spoonfuls of easy wisdom

downed with milk and sugar,

(helps the medicine go down,

in the most delightful way).


Whole grain toast

with a strong cup of coffee,

slowly savored as truth,

encounters emptiness.


Soupes du jour:

Clear consommé,

Rich jambalaya, and

Slow-cooked broth (in season).



As if there is no tomorrow.


Believe in a brighter tomorrow.


Strive for a better tomorrow.

©2017 Ontheland




10 thoughts on “Hello 2017

  1. A delightful poem. I agree with the above comment that we receive messages in odd ways–or perhaps better, we open ourselves to receiving them. I love musicals, though I’m not a fan of “Annie.” 🙂
    Hope you and your puppy are both feeling better.
    Happy New Year, Janice! Wishing you all the best in 2017!

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    1. Thank you. Yes messages are a recent theme…this time a solid shove which is not a new one for me. About Annie… I saw it for the first time recently… I like the music but the thinking is problematic and so lay the dilemma: a catchy tune lodged in my head with a sentiment of some value but not a solution for the troubles of today or the Great Depression. Hope your new year is unfolding well.

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