Happy New Year To You All and A Poem

01 Jan

Thanks to Shelagh in Vermont for introducing me to this perfect poem for today, New Year Poem by May Sarton.

Let us step outside for a moment

As the sun breaks through clouds

And shines on wet new fallen snow,

And breathe the new air.

So much has died that had to die this year.
We are dying away from things.

It is a necessity—we have to do it

Or we shall be buried under the magazines,

The too many clothes, the too much food.

We have dragged it all around

Like dung beetles

Who drag piles of dung

Behind them on which to feed,

In which to lay their eggs.
Let us step outside for a moment

Among ocean, clouds, a white field,

Islands floating in the distance.

They have always been there.

But we have not been there.
We are going to drive slowly
And see the small poor farms,

The lovely shapes of leafless trees

Their shadows blue on the snow.

We are going to learn the sharp edge

Of perception after a day’s fast.
There is nothing to fear.

About this revolution…

Though it will change our minds.

Aggression, violence, machismo

Are fading from us

Like old photographs

Faintly ridiculous

(Did a man actually step like a goose

To instill fear?

Does a boy have to kill

To become a man?)
Already there are signs.

Young people plant gardens.

Fathers change their babies’ diapers

And are learning to cook.
Let us step outside for a moment.

It is all there

Only we have been slow to arrive

At a way of seeing it.

Unless the gentle inherit the earth

There will be no earth.


Posted by on January 1, 2017 in Beauty, Kindness


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6 responses to “Happy New Year To You All and A Poem

  1. saymber

    January 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Incredible and timely words for the walk ahead my friend. Thank you for yet another year of amazing posts and sharing and lets look forward to more wonders in 2017!

  2. arlene

    January 1, 2017 at 10:59 am

    I love you photo…

  3. mukhamani

    January 1, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Thank you for sharing , it is beautiful.

    • mybeautfulthings

      January 1, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Yes, I was very pleased to find the poem from my friend today and to be able to share it. I’m glad you like it too. 🙂

  4. john zande

    January 1, 2017 at 10:26 am

    You too! Hope its remarkable in the very best ways


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