New year, New beginning

If you want to start the new year afresh- the below poem by Irish poet Brendan Kennelly is perfect.

Begin

Begin again to the summoning birds
To the sight of light at the window
Begin to the roar of morning traffic
All along Pembroke Road
 
Every begining is a promise
Born in light and dying in dark
Determination and e haltation of springtime
Flowering the way to work
 
Begin to the pageant of queing girls
The arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
Bridges linking the past and the future
old friends passing through us still
 
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
Since it is perhaps what makes us begin
Begin to wonder at unknown faces
At crying birds in the sudden rain
At branches stark in the willing sunlight
At seagulls foraging for bread
At couples sharing a sunny secret
Alone together while making good
 
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
That always seems about to give in
Something that will not acknowledge conclusion
Insists that we forever begin

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