What Might Happen in the New Year, or Some Possible Resolutions for What I Won’t Do


I will stop googling everything:

Famous People I’ve Never Heard of,

Why There is a Green Spot on My Left Hand,

Reviews of People Who Fix Antique Watches,

What To Do If You Have Laryngitis, and etc.


I will give up the idea

of becoming a Good Swimmer.

I can jump in and make it to the end

of the pool.  That’s enough.


I will donate as many books as possible

to the New York Public Library

on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.

For instance I will take all my I.J. Singer

books for sure.  Everyone says he’s better

than his brother Isaac Bashevis.  I love

Isaac Bashevis and know I’ll never read I.J.


I will not sign up for a Tai Chi class

even though more or less everyone

says it’s a Good Idea.  Tried a few times.

No dice.


I will not stop eating

gluten, sugar, and everything else white.



I will not stop drinking

caffeine or alcohol.


I will stop obsessing about

who could beat the current President

and why anyone would still vote

for him and what Other People

might be thinking.



i will not use the word

microbiome in a sentence.








Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. Happy New Year! Much love to you and Peter. I think you have the right idea here! I’ve been on a similar track… I will not spend holidays in Germany without drinking beer and strong coffee, and eating fresh baked bread and pastries, even though I’m allowed to substitute fake wursts as desired…

  2. Love this one Esther. You’ve got the right attitude. I will not sacrifice what I love or enjoy because someone else tells me it would be better if I did. Somethings aren’t so important and should be let go…but not coffee, alcohol and a great loaf of crusty white bread!

    Happy New Year to you and Peter.

  3. Esther, I so enjoy your daily poems, and especially today’s. Just delightful. Don’t know if you remember, but we met at AROHO many years ago, and my dear friend Lisa Rizzo turned me on to your daily missives several months ago. Sending wishes for a lovely New Year.

  4. This is good Esther and just what I needed to read on this new year morning. Happy new decade to you and Peter, keep writing and posting.

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