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.
Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. ~Michael Josephson, former law professor and attorney
Another year gone
Twelve months in front of us all
Time to get it right
Look closely, and you can see tiny buds on this maple tree — gives me hope that Spring will arrive and erase this frigid winter!
One year passes by
New one arrives with promise
Make it a great one!
*Note: Janus was the Roman god of new beginnings. Typically, he’s pictured as two bearded faces on one head, and the faces are looking in opposite directions (over the past and toward the future). Happy 2018, everybody!
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