Welcome to another poem! See author's notes for details, and enjoy!
The Old Year's gone away
and the New Year has come.
A time of rebirth and reflection
and celebration too.
A new year is an end
but also a beginning.
Gone are the troubles
of the old year,
by the new.
What is left
is ready to
start over again.
Reflection takes the name of resolution
when a new year comes through.
Sitting on the porch step while
watching the brilliant fireworks
put on a show in the sky.
Thoughts turn to
the things that were wrong
during the old year
and how this new one
can be done better.
There are other types of reflections.
Such as the ones that take place
a few days before the new year
in the family room by the Christmas tree.
The reflecting is on what had happened that year.
Setbacks, tragedies, accomplishments, and milestones
are all included in the list
that is remembered on Christmas Day
as each year before closes its doors.
Noise echoes from a blend of a thousand different voices,
threatening to turn anyone caught in its grasp deaf.
Lights are everywhere,
although it is impossible
to see their source.
The crowds squeeze people together,
many long since having trapped themselves
in the haze of drunkenness.
The barbaric behavior of these people
is balanced by an almost hypnotic stare.
The gazes are followed
to an object far above their heads.
Sitting on top of a long, lighted, pole
is a golden shell.
As midnight approaches
the shell begins its descent,
coming closer and closer
to the cheering people.
When it reaches the end of the pole,
it starts to open up
like a flower in bloom.
At midnight, the shell's contents are unveiled
and it proudly carries four shining red numbers,
glittering with their own lights.
erupts into a roar,
knows what those
The new year
and the old one
has left forever.
-So a bit of background about this poem.
-Some of the experiences come from my own life. A long-standing family tradition involves coming together in the living room on Christmas Day and talking about what happened that year in preparation for celebrating the new one. Even though my family no longer does the tradition, it's still something I remember.
-For a long time, another addition was to travel to Key West, Florida, for New Year's Eve. Since it was a very popular spot, there was a lot of noise and alcohol, hence the reference to deafness and drunkenness. However, a tradition in Key West is to have a giant conch shell on top of a building. The conch shell will gradually open up, revealing in sparkling lights the number of the new year.