An Ode to January Austerity


There’s an unhappy woman in town,

Who has trouble zipping her gown.

Did it shrink in the wash?

That thought, she must squash…

If she wants her weight to go down.


She knows that she is “in the dumps”.

But finds it hard to “take her lumps.”

And shed all the pounds she put on.

Ah, but they won’t ever be gone…

Until through the hoops, she jumps.


 Resigned, she gives away her sweets…

No sweat, they aren’t her favourite treats.

But life without pasta, is not fair,

It is really more than she can bear.

She’s in denial, and dragging both feet.


But the “naked truth” is something she knows

And do those extra pounds ever show!

She tries to avoid the full length mirror,

Especially that view of her posterior

It is a fact, to the stadium, she must go!


To walk and stretch her broadened hips,

Then come back home, and zip her lips.

For women who are “past their prime”.

Getting back in shape, does take time

But to not do so… is worse than having zits.


According to our world’s youthful society

We should look great, for all eternity.

While we cannot go along with that,

Our vanity refuses to accept the fat.

Goddess… grant us all… serenity!


Good luck to all readers who, like me, are paying the price for their Guadalupe-Reyes indulgence!







Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

7 thoughts on “An Ode to January Austerity

  1. What a great poem! You pretty well summed it up for me, too. And next week I’m visiting a friend in Ensenada (and 2 of her brothers each own fantastic restaurants, so we’ll be going out to eat…), then an afternoon and evening/overnight on a prolonged layover in Guanajuato (I’ve already checked out recommended restaurants and cafes on Trip Advisor), then back to our beloved Tepoztlán with visits to many friends (all really good Mexican cooks), including a birthday party on Day 1, not to mention our favourite taco and quesadilla stands which I’ve been dreaming about. It’s been almost 9 months since I was last there, so I’m pretty sure resistance will be futile… But those zippers are getting harder and harder to close. ¡Socorro!


      1. Yesterday I was saying to a friend, “Remember when we had no idea of all the skin issues we would have?” When I was young I knew I would grow out of “zits” and I dreaded wrinkles. Actually I have no issue with them, but age spots and puffiness? Ugh! Oh well, we do the best we can…


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