January 22, 2014

Dust If You Must

Maid Clipart Image: Silhouette of a maid Dusting

Dust If You Must

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, 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.

Rose Milligan

This poem was first published on September 15th, 1998 in The Lady, England's longest running weekly magazine for women.    


  1. Debbie, This is simply darling. I may print, frame, and post it someplace in my home...just as soon as I finish dusting! Thank you.
    Bess in Virginia USA

  2. Que verdad mas grande y que razón tiene... Gracias por compartirlo, lo tendré en cuenta....
    Con tu permiso me quedo por aquí y te invito a mi blog si quieres pasar por allí


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