24 December 2015

Poetry Thursday - Dust If You Must by Rose Milligan

Dust If You Must 
Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better,
To paint a picture or write a letter,
Bake a cake or plant a seed,
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there's not much time,
With rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
Music to hear and books to read,
Friends to cherish and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world's out there
With the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come 'round again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not always kind.
And when you go and go you must,
You, yourself, will make more dust.

by Rose Milligan (with thanks to Liz Davidson for bringing this poem to my attention, and reminding me that the fridge needs cleaning...tomorrow)

This charming poem is much blogged and has certainly done the rounds, sometimes with a new veneer of personal attribution, or explanation, like this:
This sweet poem was first published on September 15th 1998 in the 21st edition of The Lady (“in continuous publication since 1885 and widely respected as England’s longest running weekly magazine for women”).
‘Dust if you Must’ was written by Mrs Rose Milligan from Lancaster in Lancashire. Whose name we love too. It being a combination of the classic English bloom and that brilliant comedian, the most excellent Spike Milligan.

1 comment:

Olga Norris said...

My sentiments about housework beautifully put!