A Poem: Welcome to a New Year


Like a young poet in love,

sing the lovely stanzas

of your amazing future

as the lyrics to a new song.

Proudly wear the paper

party hat of happiness.

Blow the horn of humor

in blasts exuberant

as a New Year’s noise maker.

Fill balloons with gratitude,

breathe them like helium,

then squeak with joy.

Take the people you love

to the park, the church,

the theater, the bookstore.

Let your dreams dance

like kites in the blue sky wind

of what might happen next

until the bright strings tug

in your gentle hands

as you make one final wish

before letting them fly.

      Anne McCrady, 2015

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