Happy New Year

Happy New Year, friends—

2016 was full of more challenges than joys for many people and I am not sorry to have a fresh year starting. It was a year where governments upheld cruelty, where the political climate became absurd, where countless nameless people died, where so many have had their civil liberties threatened, and where millions seeking safety were turned away. It has been a year of progress, but I don’t know in what direction—I’m afraid calling it “congress” might be an issue.

It has been a year of accomplishment and success in many areas and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I’ve been given in open doors and chances to serve others. I have learned a lot, written a lot, and shared a lot—but I’m left feeling relieved that the year is done.

May 2017 grant you each the peace and happiness you deserve. May your joy be overwhelming and your challenges be blessings in disguise. May you learn much and love much and create and be kind. May your heart be full and your motivation lively. May you make a difference and be comfortable with change. May you find and rest in a place you cherish as home and may you be always deeply loved.

—SMP

2016/17

Cast aside this cut-hard year
slap in the face year
pleading for change year—

Let its casket lily stench waft away—

Grieve what didn’t blossom
flowers mistaken as weeds
fruit that went unharvested

& bouquets you didn’t give

Cleave sentiments
from could-have-been calendars
Stow months with mothballs

& pack up days—

Time is fleeting on careless wings—
we only change what tomorrow brings.

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