Prayer for the New Year (Poem): Everyday Magic, Day 757

IMG_1077Let the blankets hold the shapes of our sleeping

all the dreams long. Let the cat on the dog’s bed

move over enough for the dog. Let the snow,

gathered tight to the afternoon sky, relax its grip

and show us the white contours of the new world.

Let the last one to leave the room close the lights

and the first one to rise make the coffee.

Let the sorrow we carry unfurl enough to reveal

its story’s ending, whether that ending is upon us

or still to come. Let the windows hold the pink gold

of the just-rising sun and the infinite blue darkening

of the rising night. Let the flowers and stones

make their ways to the gravestones of those we love

who left but never left, no matter how tender

the pain of their imprint. Let the flowers and stones

we collect to carry in our pockets and books

remind us of all that cycles its beauty through

the gift of this life. Let the quietest clearing

in prairie or woods, party of one or crowd of crows

land us exactly where we are. Let the rain come

and our unexpected shimmeying and leaping

alone in the living room. As well, let come

the storm warnings with time enough to find

a basement, the silver light of the winter horizon,

the blue light of everyday, whether we can see it

or not. Let us remember that we are not

who we think we are but only and at last

canoes on the river of light and cooling water.

Let us paddle hard when the current switches,

and put down the paddle when the moon’s face

shines before us, below as above. Let us trust

that we will always be led where we need to go.

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10 responses to “Prayer for the New Year (Poem): Everyday Magic, Day 757

  1. janice melland

    stupendous vision for the year to come…THANK YOU for your glorious words!

  2. Wow, and the last sentence gathered us up and sent us on our way to a wonderful 2014. Thank you. Now off to find my CD that I have with you and Kelley Hunt. Blessings for a grand New Year.

  3. Simply beautiful… thank you so much for this gift!

  4. a beautiful poem, thank you so much for this amazing gift to anchor us in the heart during the upcoming New Year!

  5. Can I post this to Facebook with minor changes for readability there?

  6. Individual Poet

    Thanks so much, everyone! Jeff, you can post the link to this blog to facebook (but please don’t insert the poem itself into facebook). Thanks!

  7. Lovely stuff, dear one, absolutely lovely stuff!

  8. that just fed me in a way that nothing has for a very long time….thank you

  9. Lovely.

  10. .What beautiful thought/words with which to begin a new year. Blessings. to all.