Each year, on January 1st, some of us make resolutions. For this week’s spark, instead of a resolution, write a poem that documents the beginning of something. It can be the beginning of the year, the beginning of a relationship, the beginning of a piece of cheesecake. The start of something new is intriguing and sometimes hopeful. Other times, it’s the beginning of a long and slow process of healing after sorrow or tragedy. Whatever it is, it’s new.
Thomas Hardy’s poem of farewell to the 19th century: The Darkling Thrush
Charles Reznikoff’s celebration of the common: Te Deum
Kobayashi Issa’s merry greeting to the New Year: New Year’s morning
Have fun and be creative. I wish you a very joyful and peaceful New Year!