"Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier."
Alfred Lord Tennyson
for Susie's prompt at Real Toads, to choose a quote and write about the new year, and/or resolutions.
Yes, that is the lightening,
the lifting of spirits,
the promise: the new year
will bring good things,
will resolve difficulties,
will be better.
Two days ago I issued a challenge
to a sister-poet - today we would each start our Book.
It is 5:16 p.m. I have sat at my desk all day.
I have not written a single new word.
But the truth is,
my heart is lighter and happier
just from knowing
today is the start of a brand new year
in which anything is possible,
in which Change will happen,
in which I will dictate
my own story
as I walk through the days and weeks.
I watch the slowly increasing daylight each evening
with its assurance that the gray days will pass
and spring will come again to this fog-draped valley.
The annual miracle will happen once more.
It is not yet midnight.
I might still start my book,
the same way I start
this first chapter of January 2015 :
with a high hopeful heart,
an eye to the passage of time
and a thank you to everything and everyone
who got me here.
This includes you, my friends, whose friendship and encouragement helped me through 2014 more than you can know.