Sentient in San Francisco – 31 December 2018

Art for New Year’s Eve – Norman Rockwell: “Willie Gillis New Year’s Eve” (1944)

Musings on New Year’s Eve: T.S. Eliot

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

Art for New Year’s Eve – Compulsive Painter: “Small Cairn at Kirkcarrion, New Year’s Eve 2011 no 1”

Musings on New Year’s Eve: Helen Hunt Jackson

“Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old come true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.”

Art for New Year’s Eve – Childe Hassam: “A New Year’s Nocturne, New York”

Musings on New Year’s Eve: Brad Paisley

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

Art for New Year’s Eve – Mahmoud Sabzi: “New Year’s Eve”

A Poem for New Year’s Eve

“The Year”
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?
The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.
We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.
We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.
We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.
We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Art for New Year’s Eve – Jamie Wyeth: “New Year’s Calling”

A Poem for New Year’s Eve

“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.

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