Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Year Resolutions by Ralph Pool, 1920

“New Year Resolutions” by Ralph Pool, from the Elizabeth City Independent, Jan. 2, 1920

On New Year’s Day the world wakes up with good resolves galore; we all declare that we’ll swear off on much forevermore, and inasmuch as we are fain to tread the guileless way, we pass up everything that’s bad upon each New Year’s Day.

Our resolutions sometimes fail but anyhow we try to straighten out our kinks a bit, where ever we’re awry. With martyr’s sweat upon my brow, I solemnly declare that no dill pickles will I eat again, oh, anywhere! Aunt Susan says she’ll never smoke another foul cigar, while Splazzum of the garbage squad swears off on caviar. Miss Clementyne Oldmayde resolves to tell her age to all, and Parson Pilkins now declares he’ll give up basketball. Dame Starvem, from her boarding house expecting riches soon, announces that she’ll never serve another luscious prune.

The years still come, and swiftly go, and ever we intend, as each begins, to quit our sins, until our lives do end. Sometimes our saintliness holds out for something like a week; but seldom does it long survive—we know whereof we speak. There’s so much bad besides the good, according to the bard, in each of us, that halo growth for all of us is hard. Some high intentions do pan out, and these, tho far between help much to make this errant world at least the best we’ve seen. The Perfect Day is far away, say gentlemen and bums; good resolution all will hold, unfailingly, when it comes.

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