Poets' Corner: Rosemerry For The New Year!

T.S. Eliot put it this way: “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language/
And next year’s words await another voice/And to make an end is to make a beginning.” Telluride’s favorite Word Woman and regular contributor to Telluride Inside… and Out, Rosemerry Trommer, puts it another way. But it is same song, different verse for the final hurdle of this challenged holiday trifecta that began with Thanksgiving: New Year’s Eve and the coming year in general.

Word Woman Rosemerry Trommer, courtesy reallife photographs.

Bonfire in the Heart

I throw in any tallies
I’ve been keeping,
the ones that record
who did what and when.
I throw in all the letters
I wrote in my head but didn’t send.
I throw in tickets I didn’t buy
to places I didn’t visit.
I throw in all those expectations
I had for myself and the world last year
and countless lists of things I thought I should do.
I love watching them ignite,
turn into embers, to ash.
I love the space they leave behind
where anything can happen.

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