This past year has been a tough one in so many ways. I don't need to recount them.
However, I to offer you a few messages of hope for the new year through some poems by some of my favorite authors.
I hope you enjoy them. Leave a message with your favorite poems or quotes to share with us.
Birdsong brings relief
to my longing
I'm just as ecstatic as they are,
but with nothing to say!
Please universal soul, practice
some song or something through me!
— Rumi, 13th century Persian poet
You Will Remember
You will remember that leaping stream where sweet aromas rose and trembled, and sometimes a bird, wearing water and slowness, its winter feathers.
You will remember those gifts from the earth: indelible scents, gold clay, weeds in the thicket and crazy roots, magical thorns like swords.
You'll remember the bouquet you picked, shadows and silent water, bouquet like a foam-covered stone.
That time was like never, and like always. So we go there, where nothing is waiting; we find everything waiting there.
— Pablo Neruda, 20th century Chilean Poet
are so perfect
I can hardly believe
their lapping light crowding the black,
Nobody could count all of them—
the muskrats swimming
can reach out and touch
only so many, they are that
rife and wild.
But what in this world
I bend closer and see
how this one is clearly lopsided--
and that one wears an orange blight--
and this one is a glossy cheek
half nibbled away--
and that one is a slumped purse
full of its own
Still, what I want in my life
is to be willing
to be dazzled--
to cast aside the weight of facts
and maybe even
to float a little
above this difficult world.
I want to believe I am looking
into the white fire of a great mystery.
I want to believe that the imperfections are nothing--
that the light is everything--that it is more than the sum
of each flawed blossom rising and fading. And I do.
And shouldn't we all?
— Mary Oliver from House of Light (1990), a 20th century American poet