New Year’s Day – Three Poems

January 1, 2014

 

New Year's Day

Happy New Year’s Day!
Enjoy these three poems for the holiday…

Here’s to health and peace in 2018 for you and yours…

 

The Old Year
by John Clare

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The Old Year’s gone away
     To nothingness and night:
We cannot find him all the day
     Nor hear him in the night:
He left no footstep, mark or place
     In either shade or sun:
The last year he’d a neighbour’s face,
     In this he’s known by none.
     
All nothing everywhere:
     Mists we on mornings see
Have more of substance when they’re here
     And more of form than he.
He was a friend by every fire,
     In every cot and hall–
A guest to every heart’s desire,
     And now he’s nought at all.
     

Old papers thrown away,
     Old garments cast aside,
The talk of yesterday,
     Are things identified;
But time once torn away
     No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year’s Day
     Left the Old Year lost to all.
     

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