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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Poetry Friday--"To the New Year"

Photo by Wyncliffe.

A simple wish for the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017: "our hopes such as they are...still possible."
To the New Year

by W. S. Merwin

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

You'll find many of Merwin's poems in the various anthologies in our American poetry section including The Poets Laureate Anthology [811.5 POE]. We also have two of his collections: Migration: New & Selected Poems, and The Shadow of Sirius [both 811.54 MER].

Donna, in the neighboring state of Maine, is hosting the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Visit her at Mainely Write.

See you next year!


  1. What a great poem to end one year and begin the next. I love the note of optimism in those final two words: "still possible."

  2. untouched and still possible... dwelling in HOPE... a good way to embrace the new year! xo

  3. I like the hope in the ending. My dreams haven't all come true, and I hope that the light reaches them one day. Happy New Year!

  4. Thank you all! You've gotten the same feeling of hope as I did from the poem. Have a great New Year!

  5. Every year is a fresh start, isn't it? It's soothing and inspiring to be reminded that every year brings new possibilities. Happy New Year!!

  6. "Still possible."... that's nice!

  7. Here's to "our hopes such as they are." Happy New Year!

  8. Here's to 2017 with ..."hopes such as they are
    invisible before us
    untouched and still possible"