Coming Year

THE longest night and shortest dayHas slipped away-The sun prepares to journey northWhile withered reed and wind-bent treeAwait a countryside rebornWith catkin, primrose, daffodilAnnouncing nature's Easter-dawn.

Today the year is poised betwixt

The winter dark and springtime light-

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The negative, the positive,

What might have been and is to come.

The dance was glad, the dance was sad

But glad or sad the sun will shine-

Arise

Take heart

Empower the past, embrace the fear

Rejoice

Give thanks

Go forth in hope

To greet the coming year.

Mary Hale,

Southwick