Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Year in Preview - a new year's poem

The Year in Preview
Greg Pincus

I know I'll make choices that won't be the best.
I know I'll spend time being tired and stressed.
I see a full day when I'm sick in my bed.
I'm sure I'll say things that I shouldn't have said.
I know I'll play games. I'm sure I'll get hurt.
I see tons of laughter and lots of dessert.
I know I'll have good times. I know I'll have fun.
I know I'll try new things I never have done.
I see rain and snow and some gorgeous blue skies.
I know I'll feel joy, love, pride, hope and surprise.
Yet mostly I see a blank canvas of days
That live to be filled in all kinds of great ways.
I see all the stories that wait to begin.
I see this year's promise. Now I'm diving in.

Happy New Year! May your 2014 be happy, healthy, and with just the right amount of dessert.

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Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

Enjoyed this a lot! Happy New Year, and have fun with that blank canvas.

Margaret Simon said...

Love this! A blank canvas of days! Happy New Year!

Tabatha said...

Congrats on being a Cybils finalist, Greg! I love "The Year in Preview."

tanita✿davis said...

I can see a kid with a crystal ball and his hand over his eyes, prognosticating...

Like this one a lot. Happy New Year.

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GrandCanyonReadingTeacher said...

Amazing comments on a new year! I'm so glad the r word did not come up; this year I'm anti-resolutions. It's another God-given year and I'll try to make the best of each day!

jon said...

Not me, all my choices will be the best, and I'm not going to say anything by mistake :)

Great poem, happy new year!

Betsy Hubbard said...

Maybe when you see things you never have seen you should take a trip to Michigan for a dose of nature. :)Love the poem and your "preview."

Tara said...

Now that's a poem with which to greet the new year - full of joy...and realistic expectations. Happy New Year!

Mary Lee said...

My mom subscribes to your poems, and it's always fun to see which ones she chooses to forward to me. I got this one, for sure!

You had a great year in 2013 -- best wishes for this sparkly new on!

Julie said...

Great poem, Greg - hope plenty of those blank days get filled in with joy. Happy New Year!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Sounds like a plan! Wishing you all the best.

Greg Pincus said...

Thanks, y'all! And Jon - I simply channeled you, then wrote about the opposite of what your year would be like. So thanks for the help!

Unknown said...

Love your list and your outlook on 2014. Thanks for sharing!