Poem Spark Dec 31, 2012: Poems for the New Year

Greetings and salutations!

It’s been four years and six months since I wrote my last poem spark. It seemed fitting to begin again with poems for the new year, since this is New Year’s Eve. Like many of you, I will be staying up late to celebrate the rise of January 1, 2013. This time of year is about resolutions, memories, and drinking something fizzy. Sometimes there is confetti and weird glasses in the shape of numbers. What kind of poetry is suitable for such a time? That old standby by Robert Burns immediately comes to mind: Auld Lang Syne. Here’s a little bit of it:

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Of course, these aren’t all the New Year’s poems out there. The Poetry Foundation has a lovely page of marvelous poems for the New Year. I’m fond of Kim Addonizio’s New Year’s Day.

The key thing for me when it comes to writing a New Year’s poem is trying capture a sense of optimism. For me, the new year feels like a new beginning, although I’m sure for others it feels like the end of something. Whatever your flavor of New Year—optimism, sadness, drunken revelry—the important thing is to write. Maybe choose a few key words or phrases and use them as a spark. Here are some to get you started:

new year



across the calendar

confetti streetlights



10 … 9 … 8 …


where am I?

frost like wildflowers

wind and rain

Your spark for today: write a New Year’s poem. Have fun and be creative. Good luck!

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