Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Eve Wishes

May what goes poorly in the year ahead be half as bad and what goes well be twice as good, and may you be wise enough to notice!


Franconia Winter, St. Croix River
Franconia Winter, St. Croix River
Photo by J. Harrington


To the New Year

By W. S. Merwin 

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible


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