To do…

I was challenged the other day to write a story in the form of a To Do list. Here’s the result. It certainly creates an interesting perspective. Each element in the list takes place chronologically after the previous one.


Phone doctor.
Demolish false hopes.
Inform family.
Make list of friends I still want to see.
Decide on arrangements for New Year’s party. Quiet or raucous?
Invite some more people – don’t want to be alone.
Write to all those who’ve turned me down.
Transform bitterness into something creative.
Inform lawyer of my final resolution.
Meet undertakers and priest.
Prepare final invitations – they’ll all come this time.
Get lawyer to send them out the day after…

About Welshman Paul

Welshman Paul loves playing around with words. One of his ambitions is to attempt a dictionary of short stories for words which have several meanings.
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11 Responses to To do…

  1. Ramesh Sood says:

    There is such a great truth hiding here.. . a very beautiful ‘resolutions’ list..
    Do visit me here:

  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    Wow…I wasn’t quite expecting that ending. Please don’t let that be true.

  3. Mama Zen says:

    This is really creative!

  4. Mike says:

    A very clever poem Paul.
    An interesting ‘final’ to do list.

  5. Sheilagh Lee says:

    wow that really tells a tale.

  6. Rinkly Rimes says:

    2012 will definitely be your year! So hang around for it! Love this humour.

  7. wayne says:

    nicely done Paul…thanks for this

  8. I hope this poem reflects actions for far into the future–It is definitely chronologically well written.

  9. shail says:

    Good use of the prompt words 🙂

  10. Margaret says:

    Wow… I hope I never have a to-do list like that!

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