New Year Resolve …..


Let silence in…take the time to dream…to come back to still water.

New Year Resolve

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.

© May Sarton

 You begin to feel a close friendship with May Sarton by reading her poetry, novels, letters and, most notably, her published journals.  She was 83 years old when she completed her last work, “At Eighty-Two: A Journal,” just a few months before her death July 16, 1995.  Her journals are filled with the events of the day, visits with friends, struggles to keep life simple, memories, even the adventures of her cat Pierrot.

I borrowed an idea from her for my own journal-keeping.  She described waiting to start each new book on the exact date of May 3rd, her own birthday.  Now I transition from one year to the next by putting away my filled journals and beginning new ones each year on my own birthday instead of waiting for the first day of January.  It just feels right to pack up and put away my personal ramblings, sketches,  articles I’ve cut out, saved pictures, quotes and poems found during the 12 months since my last birthday and begin again anew!

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