Monday, January 01, 2024


How tired the world
how long the way
how we have been 
survivors for over
365 days

may the new year 
be kind, enormous,
hold us in peace
may it gently--
24/7--teach us

to resist, to vary 
history's encore--
the hum of hope
its own language
in 2024
Other New Year's Day poems:

Pic: Our holiday card!


Sarah said...

I love looking at this card— we have them all above the stairs to the basement, and yours always catches my eye— so bright and happy.

Nance said...

That first stanza is wonderful and so beautifully captures the tone and emotion of so many of us. Love the alliteration and onomatopoeia of the phrase "hum of hope" and the idea of calling a new year "enormous" to indicate inclusion and acceptance.

And the gentle cadence and incidental rhyme is perfect for the tone.

StephLove said...

I like the title. It would fit any new year, but it's especially pleasing for a leap year.

maya said...

Thank you, Sarah! Ditto on yours... and I loved the note you penned on it. I'm inspired to write meaningful notes on the cards I send out next time.

Nance--Thank you. Something that gives me some additional pleasure with "hum of hope" is that "hum" means "us" in Hindi so it's also "the us of hope."

NGS said...

I'm feeling a lot of trepidation about 2024 and this made me feel slightly better. It will be okay, won't it?

Nicole said...

Happy New Year!

maya said...

Steph--Thanks! I thought so too.

Engie--It WILL be ok... I'm so sorry you feel trepidatious... hugs.

Nicole--Thank you, friend; happy new year to you!

Gillian said...

Happy New Year.

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