Departing January

January you arrived 12.01
With sparkles and sizzle
Must you fizzle
As you depart?

Taking with you
The glimmer of hope
Planted in the dark

No! you bring beginnings
Opportunity to start afresh

Yet each year brings too
My detectable age
With my luster
Working harder to push through

Searching and embracing
Ways new and old
For truer gratification
I survive the winter

The winter where the sun
Barricaded by thick sheets of cloud
Leaves brittle and dry

The winter of separated lovers
Conforming to conventional expectations
Hearts ache and cold

The winter of lost souls
Deafened by laws and rites of religions, traditions
Confused and wandering

Whether the season
The heart
The soul

January
Thank you for your lesson
Your message of hope
To seize each moment

As this gift of time
Despite the seeming ease of renewal
Is the keeper of all things

Depart now
Leave with me my resolutions
My aspirations
As I pray to circle once more
Around the great one
So as we may meet again

4 thoughts on “Departing January

  1. Lovely tribute to January and the seasons of our lives. As a seasonal affective disorder sufferer, I can relate to this line: “The winter where the sun
    Barricaded by thick sheets of cloud,
    Leaves brittle and dry.”
    I write each day in a sunny window but grey days I get the hibernation urge. So far, in Boston, it’s been a sunny, mild winter. You might like my “Let There Be Light” post.

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