Saturday, December 31

Disapproval for 2006



By Sarah-Jane Hollands, Poetry Correspondent
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I thought long and hard about my New Year's message. 2005 has for me, been a year of personal growth and change, but I don't want to dwell too much on what has gone. I would prefer to concentrate on the year ahead - a blank page with many possibilities.
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Anyone who knows me, will be aware of my love of words, so I thought it apt to choose a poem for my New Year posting.
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This, by Sophie Hannah, is one of my particular favourites and the message is simple - one shouldn't be concerned with the regard one is held in by others.
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My mantra is "those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind"
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A happy, healthy, provocative very British new year to you all!
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If People Disapprove of You.
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Make being disapproved of your hobby.
Make being disapproved of your aim.
Devise new ways of scoring points
In the being disapproved of game.
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Let them disapprove in their dozens.
Let them disapprove in their hordes.
You'll find that being disapproved of
Builds character, brings rewards.
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Just like any form of striving.
Don't be arrogant; don't coast.
On your high disapproval rating.
Try to be disapproved of the most.
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At this point, if it's useful,
Draw a pie-chart or a graph.
Show it to someone who disapproves.
When they disapprove, just laugh.
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Count the emotions you provoke.
Anger, suspicion, shock.
One point for each of those and two
For every boat you rock.
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Feel yourself warming to your task -
You do it bloody well.
At last, you've found an area
In which you can excel.
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Savour the thrill of risk without
The fear of being caught.
Whether they sulk or scream or pout,
Enjoy your new-found sport.
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Meanwhile all those who disapprove
While you are having fun
Won't even know your game exists
So tell yourself you've won.
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1 comment:

Kelly said...

Excellent! and one that I apparently lived by without even knowing it. LOL