Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Poem for the New Year

New Year Resolve
by May Sarton

The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.

Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.

Let silence in.
She will rarely speak or mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.

For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.

"New Year Resolve" by May Sarton, from Collected Poems 1930-1993.

I posted this poem a couple of years ago, but it's worth reconsidering...

The photo was taken 8/31/14 on my iPhone 4S - no filters or editing.


  1. Happy New Year - and what a glorious photo to celebrate it!

  2. the poem is perfect, and what a wonderful photograph you took Happy New Year!

  3. The last verse, especially! Happy New Year, JoAnn!

  4. Gorgeous photo and poem JoAnn -- Happy New Year.

  5. Beautiful poem - beautiful photo. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. Gorgeous. Happy new year, my friend!

  7. Beautiful poem and photo. Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2015 JoAnn!

  8. The photo is gorgeous as well as the poem. I love how the new year feels so refreshing! Hope it's a blessed year for you JoAnn.

  9. The Poem and the image are beautiful. Happy New Year, JoAnn. :-)

  10. Beautiful - thanks for sharing it. Happy New Year!

  11. Such a lovely sentiment to accompany your lovely picture. It's such a good reminder to de clutter, to live for what is essential. Happy New Year, JoAnn!

  12. That is such a lovely poem. Gorgeous photo too :)

  13. Just - so beautiful! Happy New Year, JoAnn

  14. Thank you all! I hope you had a very Happy New Year and I look forward to talking books with you in 2015 :)

  15. Lovely poem and photo! You and Nan both had a great idea to post this. I may have to print it out, I like it so much.

    1. Les - Isn't it funny that Nan and I both posed this... great minds, I guess ;-)

  16. Perfect for my time and place. Thanks.


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