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Ghosts Of The Old Year

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The snow has ceased its fluttering flight,
The wind sunk to a whisper light,
An ominous stillness fills the night,
A pause — a hush.
At last, a sound that breaks the spell,
Loud, clanging mouthings of a bell,
That through the silence peal and swell,
And roll, and rush.

What does this brazen tongue declare,
That falling on the midnight air
Brings to my heart a sense of care
Akin to fright?
‘Tis telling that the year is dead,
The New Year come, the Old Year fled,
Another leaf before me spread
On which to write.

It tells the deeds that were not done,
It tells of races never run,
Of victories that were not won,
Barriers unleaped.
It tells of many a squandered day,
Of slighted gems and treasured clay,
Of precious stores not laid away,
Of fields unreaped.

And so the years go swiftly by,
Each, coming, brings ambitions high,
And each, departing, leaves a sigh
Linked to the past.
Large resolutions, little deeds;
Thus, filled with aims unreached, life speeds
Until the blotted record reads,
‘Failure!’ at last.

“New Year Resolutions” poem by Elizabeth Sewel – Your favourite poem

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“New Year Resolutions” is a very thought-provoking poem with deals with the three main resolutions of the poet at the arrival of New Year. Her three resolutions are the most significant and deep in their connotations because they point to the three ills of human life which are frequently ignored. She outlines her resolutions as under:

Her first resolution is to take long draughts of quiet as a means of purifying herself of the material sins which have darkened her soul. This might have been caused by overdrinking or excess idle talking. 

Her second resolution is to remember twice daily who she is and think over what her purpose of creation is, why she has been sent into this world and what she owes to her God who created her and how she can fulfill her duties and responsibilities. This could be caused by the irresponsible nature of the poet that she has been living aimlessly and without any touch of religion; but now she wants a change because she has been fed up with her present mode of life. 

Her third and last resolution is that she will face the reality now and be comforted in its arms. The poet says that it useless to go on dreaming all the time and have wishful thinking. She says that one should be practical and realistic and face the reality with a bold attitude. 

“New Year Resolutions” is a very practical and realistic poem and inspires in man the spirit of leading a pure, realistic, practical and successful life.

by Elizabeth Sewel

Your favourite poem

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New Year

lob A new year to look forward to

What surprises will it bring?

All that you wish for

I hope you receive everything

I would like to see peace

Spread through out the land

To understand other cultures

So all will walk hand in hand

To see that hunger and starvation

Disappear from the face of the earth

A greater understanding is needed

For vision of this new birth

I hope that the scourge of disease

That famine and decay

Will no longer be a problem

And will disappear one day

These things I am sure you wish for

And maybe in our time we shall see

A step forward in thinking

That will benefit you and me

Malcolm G Bradshaw

Have I got the January blues?


Have I got the January blues?

I want to shop and buy some shoes

I’ll go down to the January sales

Somehow it never fails,

I can beat the January blues

I will buy my brand new shoes

Red, blue, black or white,

I know what I have in sight

The January sales here I come,

No January blues

I have my new shoes

You have not won

The January blues,

The tinsel and the sparkle has gone

But I can’t go wrong

In the January sales,

Somehow it never fails

I have beat the January blues

I have bought my brand new shoes

Gillian Sims

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