Dust if you must By rose Millagan
Hello Clovers! Kindly check out one of the poems I narrated on my Youtube channel. It’s called “Dust if you must” by Rose Milligan.
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‘Dust if you must’ by Rose milligan is a poem about life in general. It explores the simple things we can do to enjoy life and also be at peace. Examples of these include painting, baking or writing as Milligan describes in the poem.
A very important point to be taken is when Millagan tells the reader to ponder the difference between want and need. That means you should think hard on things that are necessities in your life, that is what you need to survive and all other things that aren’t in that list are “wants” not “needs”. ” Wants” can be seen as merely a form of luxury. The things we only desire perhaps for worldly enjoyment. Milligan also reminds the reader of a time coming and they might not be able to do what they want “old age will come and it’s not kind”. This can be seen as a reminder that we are growing older each day and we can do what we like now but in the end we will become dust. Perhaps another notice to live a simple pleasant life without much fuss because we will all be gone some day.
This is my own idea of what the poem symbolizes. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts too.
Dust If You Must
by Rose Milligan
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, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.