Saturday, December 31, 2011

The sun peeked out early this morning while I was washing the breakfast dishes.
Just outside my window are some white pines. One winter morning, about 3 years ago, I was doing the same thing,looking out of the window while doing dishes....and there in the pines were 3 long-eared owls.

This morning I thought of them,
 in fact, every winter morning I think of them...please come back...
I hope in my heart....but they have never returned.
I went for my camera to take a walk outside in the garden
to think a feel the sun on my face
But by time I got on my coat, found my camera and grabbed the bag of sunflower seeds
to fill the feeder...the sunlight had disappeared behind a sky of clouds an instant...the light was gone...the sun had hidden its face
and the day looked different to me...and my anticipation waned
The deck boards were wet and the hulls of yesterdays seeds stuck to them like
debris....and the path was muddy and in some places squishy
and paper had blown around my beds...not a pretty sight
The temperature was pretty mild for the 31st of December
I remember some New Year's Eves it was almost 0
As I finished my walk around the yard, I looked up and saw the sunlight
trying desperately to break through
and I felt a rush of gladness.....the sun is always there even when I can't see it
I remembered the days of my youth sitting at the beach on a cloudy day...going home burnt to crisp
yes the sun is powerful and a constant of the day whether I see it or not
2011 is leaving....may your days be sunny...even when you can't see its light
may it warm you with its rising faithfully throughout this new year
and for Uma:

...Jane Kenyon

I divested myself of despair
and fear when I came here.

Now there is no more catching
one's own eye in the mirror,

there are no bad books, no plastic,
no insurance premiums, and of course

no illness. Contrition
does not exist, nor gnashing

of teeth. No one howls as the first
clod of earth hits the casket.

The poor we no longer have with us.
Our calm hearts strike only the hour,

and God ,as promised, proves
to be mercy clothed in light.

I wish you all a blessed New Year
full of love and peace


  1. I want to carry these words around in my pocket, to pull out when I need reminding, then carefully fold them back up, to safe keep them.

  2. that is a lovely and comforting day we shall see...i hope the new year treats you well suz...write it well...

  3. It IS always there, and some days we forget. But all we need to do is be still and feel it. It's there.

    Thank you, Suz for this beautiful post and for all the beautiful words you brought to us this year.

    All the best to you in 2012!

  4. Today the sun is coming and going here too. Your mention of the owls reminds me that on Christmas Eve hundreds of Cedar Wax Wings came to eat every last berry off the cherry trees outside the kitchen window (and brought some robins with them too). It was delightful to watch them. Thanks for this poem, it's just beautiful!
    And Happy New Year!

  5. Happy New Year Suz, your poem is beautiful. xx

    And, yes, Red is a wonderful person, I felt like I had known her for years when we met.


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