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This is a tennos (reverse sonnet), written in a workshop run by Jackson - @lostpoetjj

A Resolution

Imageby Ron Barton28 Jan 2014

This year I will not linger in the sea of self loathing
adrift in a boat made of mockery and fiberglass.
I will not succumb to the waves of emotion that crash
upon the shore of my inadequacies and self doubt.
This year I will accept the compliments given to me
and wear them like a life vest upon my sunken shoulders.
I will salvage the driftwood of good deeds and subtle praise
which I will use as oars to paddle to a brighter place.
This year I will write on the sand and then rescue myself
because Ben Franklin said “The Lord helps those who help themselves.”