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Quote, December 27, 2011

Posted by ejmoore510 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Dec 27, 11 at 9:28

Only a night from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
The Old Year's heart all weary grew,
But said: The New Year rest has brought."
The Old Year's hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but trusting, said:
"The blossoms of the New Year's crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead."
The Old Year's heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
And cried: "I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.
But to the New Year's generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
True love it shall understand;
By all y failures it shall learn.
I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet pace where I leave strife."

Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
Each morn is New Year's morn come true,
Morn of a festival to keep.
All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.
Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old coem true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.

New Year's Morning by Helen Hunt Jackson

Took down my tree yesterday and packing up decorations. Will go back to work Monday on night shift and sure won't have the time or energy then. Call me Scrooge, but I'm tired of Christmas. Ready to move forward.


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RE: Quote, December 27, 2011

I like this poem, particularly the last stanza - every day is a new beginning, it's topsy/turvy for you. EJ - i don't think night shifts are natural IMHO


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