Dust If You Must by Rose Milligan

dust if you must

As a parent it might feel like a never-ending job, between taking your kids to school, laundry, cooking meals, cleaning up. But this very beautiful poem by Rose Milligan called “Dust If You Must” reminds us that the parenting time will fly by and maybe spending time with your child is the most important thing.

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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.

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