Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Back To The Drawing Board?

But only figuratively speaking. At the start of 2013, when the traditional cries of Happy New Year have had a somewhat off-key overtone for so many people, thanks to a countrywide proliferation of winter germs and illnesses, I wonder whether those poor souls whose homes have been flooded over recent weeks have been able to say the phrase to each other with any degree of hope, let alone truth?

It raises the question of what is meant by the word 'happy'. Happy to be alive? Happy to be well? Happy just to BE? That is maybe the hardest one of all to achieve, for it implies  no  dependence on material wealth to achieve a state of happiness...

As the first few hours of the new year creep around our world, I can do no better than to wish you all you might wish yourselves, with perhaps an added reminder to 'Be careful what you wish for...' But on a more positive note, I  shall once again dust off and share my old poem with its crop of new dreams attached!

New For Old

Seasons roll forward,
Earth spins onward
in its elliptical round.

Old Year to New Year,
time’s cogs change gear.
Bells herald it with their sound.

Flaunting its drab gown,
Old Year winds down,
greeting the year that’s to come.

Wipe all the slates clean,
then dream a new dream.
Happy New Year everyone!


  1. All the very best to you and wishing you a peaceful, healthy 2013

  2. So true my friend.

    Be well - be Happy - Here's wishing you a Great New Year - my Friend.

  3. Wonderful kick off to the new year Penny. I look forward to more of the wit and creative concoctions that are the trademarks of your blog. Hugs from Canada!

  4. Lovely philosophical look at the New Year Jinksy - after all the fairy lights, crackers and trimmings a bit of 'down-to-earth-ness' comes as a refreshing change.

  5. Personification at its best. This is beautiful, Jinksy.
    You are so talented.
    Happy New Year to you, my friend.

  6. Hi Jinksy, I haven't been by your place in a long time but I see you are still doing your 'thing', which is great. I LOVE the poem.


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