Thursday, December 31, 2009

Another Year



Yes, I'm a bit late on posting this weeks's Carry On Tuesday writing prompt, but as it revolves around the idea of the New Year, I thought I'd post it today. It's very rough ... only in bare second draft form.

Prompt #32 is the opening line of "New Year's Reality Check" by Joanna Fuchs:

"Another year, another chance
To start our lives anew;...."


another year
another year
of sorrow and joy
entwined --
warp and weft
so tighly woven
they cannot be teased apart.

another year
of grace and pain
so deeply fixed --
driven to the very core
of self,
far beneath the surface,
too deep to see through
the murkiness.

another year
of kneeling before
the altar,
confession peeling back
layer after layer
of selfishness
of ambition
of unloveliness --
each layer thinly transparent
but dead,
deadly.

another year
of offering it all --
light with the dark,
sweet with the suffering,
enveloped with a holiness
not my own --
a permeating incense
stings my eyes,
reaches the depths
foreign to me
but oh-so-known
by Him.
Copyright 2009 Susanne Barrett

Wishing you all a joyous 7th Day of Christmas and a blessed New Year in Christ our Lord!

4 comments:

sarah said...

"another year of offering it all" ... something about this line really touched me. I think it is the cadence, the depth, the bare truth of it. All that! :-) I hope 2010 is a wonderful year for you.

Anne said...

lovely! Sorrow and joy entwined, it is impossible to have one without the other. You expressed that so wonderfully in this poem! God bless you and your family in the new year!

Stan Ski said...

Pleasure - Pain, Sin - Pennance...no such thing as a free lunch.

keithsramblings said...

A piece full of extremes, just as in everyones lives. Bless you Susanne, reading this was just what I needed this morning.

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