Poets’ Corner: A Nugget For The New Year
You’ve made a little list and checked it twice. No, not that list. Christmas is over. Your New Year’s Eve resolutions. The top 10 usually include losing weight, eating more healthily, exercising more, stopping smoking, sticking to a budget, saving money, getting more organized, being more patient, finding a better job and just being a better person over all. But in general, a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. Resolutions aside, regular contributor David Feela regards the coming New Year as a time to reflect on the way you were. Cue Streisand singing “The Way We Were.” So read David’s poem and raise a glass of champagne to making more memorable moments in 2016. Later for the list.
In Praise of Insulation
The roof, shed of its snowpack,
gathers the sun’s heat again.
Upstairs under the shingles
the attic warms while
outside the temperature
hasn’t climbed above freezing.
On such a day I could lift
from the mausoleum of dusty boxes
my dimmest memories and hold them
under the glare of a bare bulb
but it has all been so neatly packed away.
To open one box would only
lead to another, and what is the past
if not an accumulation of things we
can not touch wrapped up in the feeling
that we also can not let them go.
And, as an after thought for history geeks, did you know the first New Year was celebrated 4,000 years ago by the ancient Babylonians? Or that it is a tradition to ring in New Year’s with family and friends because the first people you see will either give you good luck or bad luck. So make sure to keep friends close and foes very far away.
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