Literary Hook: ‘Unwinding the Old Year’: A poem for the New Year
By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet
Did it seem to you that 2012 was particularly challenging? I know it was for me, and for many people I know.
Yesterday, I took down the Christmas tree. This morning, I awoke inspired to wrote a poem based on the feeling I had “unwinding” the tree.
May the new year bring you peace and joy.
Unwinding the Old Year
If each ornament is a memory,
mixed blessings handing form you tree,
handle them gently, wrapping them
in soft tissue rolled into the box
you will place in a dark basement corner.
In a dark basement corner of your mind
you can box the harder memories
for another year. They are safe
and so are you this day of new beginnings.
Another year has lent its logs to the fire.
Another year has lent its time to you.
So unwind the little lights and lay them down
like large nests, empty for the winter.
Uncoil the snares and scars the year has left behind.
Conjure all the good from the year’s cornucopia.
From last year’s cornucopia, conjure the good.
Rewind the victories, the delicate surprises,
those things you did not expect but received
among the hard-earned bricks and mortar.
Remember what will buoy through the new.
This new year, remember what buoys you
through the tumult and surrounding chaos.
Remember kindness, that uncle who loves you best.
Reveal the real ruby amidst the costume jewelry.
Wear it like a talisman through the shining new days.
Local author and poet Christine Swanberg received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.
From the Jan. 9-15, 2013, issue
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