Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Bit of Personification on New Year's Eve

Old Year Lodge
by Amy LV




Students - Happy Almost New Year!  One of my 2015 resolutions is to spend more time writing in my notebook, finding new friends such as these old years in their number sweaters.  You'll see that today's poem turns years into people.  And while we all know that years are not people, as I wrote this poem...they became people. In poetry, this is called personification - giving something that is not human the qualities of a human.  Years do not wear sweaters.  Yet here they do.  Such is the magic of poetry.  You can make it so.

Today's poem is in free verse.  As I always say, writing in free verse causes me to read and reread over and over, listening for sound and rhythms that are not metrically regular, but still work for a reader's ear.

I am very grateful for this past year: for the healing of friends, for the healing of hearts in my life.  I am thankful for new friends young and old and for the many books and meals I have been lucky enough to take in over the past twelve months. I am grateful for family, for my health and for having been a living, breathing human in this year of 2014.  

I wish you and yours a year full of goodness, light, and warm enchantment.  May this woolen number of 2015 bring you joy.

Please share a comment below if you wish.

12 comments:

Kim Doele said...

Ahhhhh-beautiful Amy! I love the image of those cozy old years drinking cocoa together and also the feeling I get when I read, "skating into the new year. "
Happy 2015 to you! -Kim

Sheila said...

What a beautiful, soothing way to picture memories of years gone by and lay the foundation of hope for the new year ahead. Thank you, Amy!

LInda Baie said...

Love the nostalgia, Amy. It's a gift from you today. Happy 2015 to you!

Mary Lee said...

"knitted with numbers"

PERFECT!

Margaret Simon said...

You help me believe in the magic of poetry. Who else would imagine old years having hot cocoa together? Thanks for becoming a special friend to me and to Emily. Such a treasure!

Renee LaTulippe said...

You are my favorite person ever. Happy knitted new year, my friend!

Matt Forrest Esenwine said...

Have a great 2015, Amy...as we all skate, slide, and careen, full force in to it!

Doraine Bennett said...

What a lovely poem, Amy. Happy New Year!

Penny Parker Klostermann said...

You're amazing, Amy! You always have a treat waiting when I pop in!

vezenimost said...

Wow! Could poetry get any better? Nooooo! Amy, you create such magical images with words. Beautiful! Happy New Year!

Linda A. said...

Amy,
I've just got to share this one! It is so unique and spot on! Thank you for inviting us into the lodge of years gone by and for the invitation to skate forward into 2015. Love it!

Charles Waters said...

Here, here!