The great earth spins, morning to night and back again, season upon season, the eternal return, its unalterable rhythm punctuated in the days of our own lives by our scurryings after food and drink, fun and rapture and love. The lives we make are all our own, yet beneath each one, a Great Commonality, a stickiness to others, all others, across all space and time, who harbor near-identical needs, dreams, longings, and questions of the night.
Below, a poem reflecting that commonality, the universal rhythms and rituals of our daily lives, given perspective and focus at this turning of the year, the turning of a hand toward another, the turning of the shovel as we lay a beloved to rest, the turning to light as the winter solstice recedes and spring beckons us anew.
All the best to you, my friends, in 2020.
By Ellen Wheeler Wilcox (1910)
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.
So deeply do I love “Auld Lang Syne” (whatever time of year it is!), that I can’t honestly say I’ve ever heard a bad version of it (even Kenny G’s…). I’ll only add that if you can get through this version, by the Spanish orchestra/humanitarian organization “Vocesparalapaz,” without going a little mushy, then make it your first resolution of 2020 to get thee to the Heart Repair Shop (just Google your local listings) for some needed thawing and rejuvenation…
Meanwhile, please help yourself to this eight minutes of loveliness as a tonic with which to go forth in fearless love for the New Year.
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