A Fresh Start

Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb

We kick off new years with hope in our hearts,
Promising ourselves this one will be fine.
But always there remain the unseen darts
From the previous year that made us whine.
Shrug off past misery; try a new line;
This is the time for a fresh burst of hope!
We’ve more than shown that we’re able to cope.
As new growth springs from the cold ground below,
Don’t look for someone to throw you a rope.
You can do this. Just go with what you know.

Note: Happy 2021! This poetry form is Dizain, a style 15th and 16th Century French poets were fond of. It consists of one 10-line stanza, with 10 syllables per line in an ababbccdcd rhyming scheme.


39 thoughts on “A Fresh Start

    • Thanks so very much, FF — it’s grand to be back. I missed everybody, but I must confess, I got a LOT of things done that were on my To-Do List. Happy 2021 to you, too!

  1. Debbie, so perceptive! You share a lot of truth in this piece. I particularly like this…”Don’t look for someone to throw you a rope. You can do this. Just go with what you know.”

    As we move into a new year, we’re all relieved to be leaving the previous year behind. But as you said, “But always there remain the unseen darts.”

    My feelings about 2021 are extremely hopeful, but I also realize that it will come with some hurdles (darts) as well. But we will get through it because I think 2020 made us all stronger and more resilient.

    Happy New Year, my friend! I love the photograph of the clover.

    Have a terrific Sunday and week!

    • I’m counting on being stronger and more resilient this coming year, Ron. It kind of feels like we’ve all been dragged senseless by stampeding bulls, doesn’t it? But at least we can cling to Hope and without that, this old world would be a pretty bleak place indeed!

      I’m so glad you liked my clover! It’s growing very near where my tiny Christmas tree is, so that must be a good spot. We’ll see what pops up when Spring gets here!

      Happy new week to you! xx

  2. I feel sorry for people who really believe that we’re going to get a clean slate for 2021. There are a lot of lingering issues that are going to affect us, and they’re going to have to be dealt with. But as you point out, starting with a fresh attitude — and maybe a clean mental slate — can help us cope. We’ll certainly hope so! Happy New Year!

  3. I love your message here, Debbie! We can do this! We can overcome the challenges we’ve been forced to face in the past year. And I’m always impressed with your ability to create poetry in so many styles. 🙂

  4. Happy New Year, Debbie. I still will not let go my faith nor my optimism that this year will be the best yet. Not easy to do in light of everything that is going on. Just keep your light shining and hang on to God. Much love to you! xo

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