Saturday, December 30, 2017


Roll back those lowering, grey 2017 clouds,
my friends,
and make a joyful noise to welcome
the new year in.

Sweep out the old cobwebby, difficult, 
grumbling, astonished,
outraged, disbelieving months,
and set your home
and your heart
 to gladness.
It's a brand new year.

What is your brightest dream
for this new chapter
of your life?
Write it down, attach a photo.
Stick it on your fridge.
Then set about making it 
come true,
as only you can do.

Today, I witnessed 
a strange-looking crow
make a warble I have never heard
from a bird.
I wondered what new kind of crow
he was trying to be,
what song he was trying out,
and what its message might be.
Perhaps to stop repeating 
the old, familiar, 
dusty, droning songs
and try out one 
so new and unthinkable 
that it gives you massive fear 
and goose bumps.
Then you will know 
that is exactly the song
you are meant to sing.

Plunge in!
2018 is almost here.
There will be a New Moon.
They say we can set our goals 
for the year 
on this moon.
I shall be sure to look at it
up there in the quiet winter sky.
I shall picture waves 
advancing and retreating 
in response to its lunar call,
and set my intention:

Peace, in my heart,
in my quiet rooms,
in my words,
in my relationships,
in my world.

Sharing this wish for the new year with the Poetry Pantry at Poets United, where we are seeing the new year in with poetry! 


  1. Indeed, 2018 is almost here. May it be a good year for us all. I love the optimism in your poem, Sherry. We have no choice but to plunge right in and see where the next year takes us! Smiles.

  2. What a beautiful vision of creating the new!

  3. So lovely, lovely words to uplift us. Thank you dear poet. Wish you a most wonderful New Year.

  4. Happy New Year, Sherry. I am literally welcoming the New Year in a new country so I don't know what's in store for me but yeah, all the best to all of us as 2018 is coming.

  5. yeah wish you peace and love sherry

  6. Write it down, attach a photo.
    Stick it on your fridge... yes I will. A fabulous new year message. Thank you Sherry and a very happy 2018 to you.

  7. Let us hope that 2018 is a lot better than 2017 for the whole world (and me too). But what a delight it has been to be part of the Poets United community these last few years. Perhaps I can try something new like your crow too!

  8. yes, certainly outraged and disbelieving months. let's hope 2018 will be a much better year than 2017.
    Cheers! :)

  9. I hope the best for 2018 too... maybe if we all try to make it good it will be so.

  10. Such a glorious vision of creating room for the new year, Sherry!💞 Wishing you love and peace in 2018!😘

  11. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year and many a peaceful room

  12. Wonderful words of hope Sherry -let the New Year bring them alive!
    Love and peace from me too.
    Anna :o]

  13. I'm setting my home and bones to gladness and plunging into a new year, which I hope learned from the old.

    Happiest New Year, my sweetest Sherry!

  14. What a perfect intention for 2018....Peace. And I believe it is attainable...wishing you a peaceful New Year!

  15. Happy New Year, Sherry! Wonderful words of hope for 2018. We all need a new song and new dreams! 😊

  16. The moon will be full tomorrow on the 1st — the Wolf Moon. Wonderful, positive intentions for 2018, Sherry. Happy New Year!

  17. Yes indeed. A supermoon, a full moon, a wolf moon....aroooooooo! Happy New Year to you Sherry. Hugs and love to you.

  18. Peace, in my heart,
    in my quiet rooms,
    in my words,
    in my relationships,
    in my world

    Such a great ending with the added promise and hope all of us secretly desire. Thank you so much Sherry for everything you've selflessly extended in 2017 and for the ensuing months of 2018. Happy New Year Ma'am!


  19. Uplifting and inspiring, Sherry! Thanks! Happy New Year!

  20. You have such a beautiful soul, Sherry! I adored this message and I heed your messages my friend!

  21. I see i forgot to comment! i wonder if you put a picture of that crow on the refrigerator? At any rate "set your home/ and your heart / to gladness." And gladness will come!

  22. Late in getting my comments to you. What a delightful wish for the new year. Thank you!


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