begin

(poem for a new year)

blessedly
empty calendar
pages stretch
before you

seemingly
endless time
categorized
in small boxes

and you
resolve again
to fill the boxes
thoughtfully

with more wanna
than hafta
more smiles
than grumbles

shorten the
to do list
unburden
the 365
days ahead
that you can
easily overfill

because you
are not
guaranteed
that number
any number
of days
of breaths

because the
date of your
eventual
passing is
not marked
on a particular
box

because all
we need
to do now
is smile
sincerely
say thank you
sincerely
feel the pulse
of this new
day that
beats within

and
breathe

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About janishaag

Writer, writing teacher, editor
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14 Responses to begin

  1. Connie Raub says:

    There are so much to think, so much to do, so many blessings, so little time, but always time to say thank you. Thank You!

  2. Dorothy Haag says:

    Lovely.

    Love, Mom

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  3. ltownsdin says:

    Perfect poem for the new year. Thank you!

  4. Louise J says:

    .just breathe…..lovely poem to start 2016!! Thanks Jan

  5. Georgann turner says:

    Damn. You are so gifted. Making a word demiglace. I wish for you a year full of more smiles and no grumbles and lots of visits up north

  6. CArol Egan says:

    Great Jan! Succinctly written!
    We enjoyed! Carol Egan

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