Friday, November 30, 2012


Simplify says the voice within. Simplify.

Lists can be made, and checked.
Cards can be mailed, lights strung,
stockings hung...carols can be sung.
I can remember the reason or
get caught up in the season.
Buying, trimming, stuffing, wrapping - even laughing!
Inside I'm baking, outside it's flaking...
Before I know it - resolution making.

The crowd is loud, the ads
bombard me, and still my goal
is lofty ~ past traditions kept, new
traditions made. Mind's a-whirling, time's a-swirling...
and the voice within grows dim.

Until...I remember wise words from
days gone by....a Somerset Maugham
quote that lives in my heart.

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."

So, as November becomes December, I
set myself free. I take a
deep breath - so happy to be
gently led through the holidays by
familiar traditions...all the while listening
to that voice. My voice. Simplify.

My Memory Art
Won't you join us today?
What is your VOICE telling you?
Link up, and share - six words at a time!


  1. I love that line, "tradition is a guide". Beautiful post!

  2. Nice poem, Adrienne!

  3. Great quote and beautiful post :)

  4. what a beautiful enrty!!

    love the image!!