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!

Poem Sparks — Master List

Poem Sparks — Master List

Poem Sparks — Master List

I thought I’d try and gather all the poem sparks I could salvage from the Poets.org’s now defunct discussion forum. I wrote these from 2006-2008.

If I’m feeling inspired, I may revive this feature, possibly doing some random poem sparks on this website from time to time. Is anyone interested in that? If so, please comment. And please feel free to post your poems under any of the sparks in the comment section.

Poems Sparks — Master List (2008-2006):

Poem Spark Jun 23-Jul 7: Carpe Diem Poems Jun 23, 2008
Poem Spark Jun 9-23: Poems about flowers Jun 9, 2008
Poem Spark May 26-Jun 9: Narrative Poems May 26, 2008
Extended-Poem Spark Apr 14-May 12: Anaphora Apr 14, 2008
Poem Spark Mar 17-31: Astronomical Poems Mar 17, 2008
Poem Spark Mar 3-17: the Abecedarian Mar 3, 2008
Poem Spark Feb 18-Mar 3: February poems Feb 20, 2008
Poem Spark Feb 4-18: Persona poems Feb 4, 2008
Poem Spark Jan. 7 – 21 – Dream Poems Jan 8, 2008
Poem Spark Dec. 24 – Jan. 7 – Winter Poems Dec 27, 2007
Poem Spark Nov. 26-Dec. 10 – Music-inspired poetry Nov 26, 2007
Poem Spark Oct. 29-Nov. 12 – Autumn (possibly spooky) Poems Oct 29, 2007
Poem Spark Oct. 15-29 – Water Poems Oct 15, 2007
Poem Spark Sept. 17-24: an oldie but goodie Sep 17, 2007
Poem Spark Aug. 20-Sept. 3: Sci-Fi Poems (and Fantasy, too) Aug 22, 2007
Poem Spark Apr. 30-May 14 – the Sevenling Apr 30, 2007
Poem Spark Apr. 2-16 – National Poetry Month Poetfan Apr 10, 2007
Poem Spark Mar. 19-Apr. 2 – Alliteration & Assonance Mar 22, 2007
Poem Spark Feb. 5-19 – the Ghazal Feb 5, 2007
Poem Spark Jan. 22-Feb. 5 – the Sonnenizio Jan 23, 2007
Poem Spark Jan. 8-15 – Inspired by . . . Jan 9, 2007
Poem Spark Jan. 1-8 – Poems of beginning Jan 1, 2007
Poem Spark Dec. 11-18 – the Ode Dec 11, 2006
Poem Spark Nov. 27 – Dec. 4 – Synesthesia Nov 27, 2006
Poem Spark Nov. 13-20 – the Cento Nov 13, 2006
Poem Spark Oct. 30-Nov. 6 – Spooky Poems Oct 31, 2006
Poem Spark Oct. 16-23 – the Poet’s Poem Oct 16, 2006
Poem Spark Sept. 25-Oct. 2 – Syllabic Verse Sep 25, 2006
Poem Spark Sept. 18-25 – E. E. Cummings Sep 18, 2006
Poem Spark Sept. 11-18 – Poem titles Sep 11, 2006