Burning the Old Year

2-bittersweet©2014Bittersweet” by Ursula I. Abresch posted with kind permission
 Burning the Old Year
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 yourself for the inevitable harms we cause each other.
May you experience and manifest loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity
Peace and Light in 2022

About The Photographer: Ursula I. Abresch
Ursula is a photographer in the West Kootenays, in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. She was born in Argentina, raised in both Argentina and Chile. She moved to the USA to attend university, and eventually moved permanently to Canada. Ursula is married. She and her husband have five children. She has a degree in Education with a concentration in Art and History. She now dedicates most of her time to photography. (information taken from her website directly).


  1. you have swept me away...
    pierced my heart with the sacred ordinary.
    this day, this one moment of being
    all that is necessary
    is to breathe....

  2. margaretpanpipesMarch 8, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Hi Noelle~ Our world is contradictory: from far-flung dispersion of flowers to a whirling dervish looking inward at a tightly-wound egg. How bittersweet everything is! Both sweet and sour. But the color of the tree is your color, Noelle, and warm and inviting.

  3. "Don't call this world adorable, or useful, that's not it.

    It's frisky, and a theater for more than fair winds."

    how true. and what an amazingly lovely photograph.

  4. So glad you like it Leslie! Ursula is a wonderful person. Check out her
    lovely blog and website. She is so sweet and so talented! I thought this was
    a painting it was so skillfully done.

  5. Thank you Margaret. I love your perspective, and your deep love of beauty.

  6. You always find the best-est stuff!

  7. Thanks, Meri. She's great isn't she!


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