new years eve

All Good Wishes To You!

In Memoriam, [Ring out, wild bells]img_0370
Lord Alfred Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

 

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To Possibilities!

495605058_29f95740b4_mAnything is possible! Holdfast to dreams!  Permit yourself to be human! Be where you are when you’re there!  Exercise!  Appreciate the good! Do everything you can to be happy! Practice unconditional love! Adapt and flow! Happy 2016!

American poet William Stanley Merwin was born in New York in 1927.  In a style that rebuffs the usual language rules, his writing is greatly influenced by his interest in Buddhism.  He is the author of over fifty books of poetry, prose and translation, including: The Compass Flower 1977; The River Sound 1999 and in 2014 The Moon Before Morning.  Translations include Sir Gawain and The Green Knight 2004; Dante’s Purgatorio 2000 and volumes by Federico Garcia Lorca and Pablo Neruda. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2010 to 2011. He currently lives and works in Hawaii.  Here is:

To the New Year
BY W. S. MERWIN

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible