Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Morning

New Year's Morning

Only a night, from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
 The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: “The New Year rest has brought.”

The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but trusting, said:
 “The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”

The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
 And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.

But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
 True love it shall understand;
By all my failures it shall learn.

I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
 I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet peace where I leave strife.”

Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
 The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
 Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
 Morn of a festival to keep.

All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
 All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.

Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
 The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.

~Helen Hunt Jackson~

Wishing you, yours and mine all a most healthy, happy and prosperous 2015!  
To beginning again~

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  1. Such a beautiful poem, and breathtaking photos! Thank you, and wishing you all the best in the coming year, Nancy.I've so enjoyed getting to know you better this year, and look forward to following in 2015.
    Rita C at Panoply

  2. Beautiful! Happy New Year, Nancy!

  3. Stunning photography! Wishing you the healthiest happiest and most prosperous new year too!


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