Just Do It (Day 212)

I have homework.

That’s what happens when you take a class. I knew it before I signed up and paid out lots of money.

This shouldn’t be hard for me. My everyday work is a lot like homework. Especially the blog posts, since they are “due” daily. The work I’m doing on my novel is more challenging than writing a blog post or my homework assignment that is due tomorrow, but I don’t have to show it to anybody for a long time. That makes the work due tomorrow seem much more difficult.

My writing assignment is to write a trial essay for a specific column in the Boston Sunday Globe. This is exactly what I wanted from the class I signed up for. Practice writing for newspapers and magazines. Forced attempts at writing essays directed at specific publications.

Still. The assignment is due tomorrow. I’ve had all week to work on it, but it still not complete. I wrote a draft of the essay on Thursday and didn’t read it again until today. It is really bad and I’m not just saying that. It is not something I can share with others. It is definitely not something I can read in class, which is part of the required work.

So, while grocery shopping this afternoon, I tried to think through how to improve on my original idea. I jotted down some notes. Now, I have to get to work.

But before I do, I thought I’d share a poem I found on the internet. It’s meant for children but it made me smile. Maybe it’ll make you smile too.

Here it is:

All My Great Excuses

I started on my homework
but my pen ran out of ink.
My hamster ate my homework.
My computer’s on the blink.

I accidentally dropped it
in the soup my mom was cooking.
My brother flushed it down the toilet
when I wasn’t looking.

My mother ran my homework
through the washer and the dryer.
An airplane crashed into our house.
My homework caught on fire.

Tornadoes blew my notes away.
Volcanoes struck our town.
My notes were taken hostage
by an evil killer clown.

Some aliens abducted me.
I had a shark attack.
A pirate swiped my homework
and refused to give it back.

I worked on these excuses
so darned long my teacher said,
“I think you’ll find it’s easier
to do the work instead.”

–Kenn Nesbitt



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