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Burning the Old Year

©2014 “ Bittersweet” by Ursula I. Abresch posted with kind permission   Burning the Old Year BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE Letters swallow themselves in seconds.   Notes friends tied to the doorknob,   transparent scarlet paper, sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable,   lists of vegetables, partial poems.   Orange swirling flame of days,   so little is a stone. Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,   an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.   I begin again with the smallest numbers. Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,   only the things I didn’t do   crackle after the blazing dies. --Naomi Shihab Nye New Year’s Buddhist Metta Prayer May you  be well, happy and safe. May you be free from suffering and at ease with pain. May you live in peace and harmony with all beings. May you accept with understanding and wisdom the events in your life and world. May you forgive others and yourse

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