Tuesday, January 4, 2011

don't take it with you- what the start of a new year really needs


My son goes down in the orchard to incinerate
Burning the day's trash, the accumulation
Of old letters, empty toilet-paper rolls, a paper plate,
Marketing lists, discarded manuscript, on occasion
Used cartons of bird seek, dog biscuit.  The fire
Rises and sinks; he stirs the ashes till the flames expire.

Burn, too, old sins, bedraggled virtues, tarnished
Dreams, remembered unrealities, the gross
Should-haves, would-haves, the unvarnished
Errors of the day, burn, burn the loss
Of intentions, recurring failures, turn
Them all to ash.  Incinerate the dross.  Burn.  Burn.

-Madeleine L'Engle

3 comments:

Fijufic said...

Happy New Year! I have read your other posts this morning and want to comment that you possess a very lovely and uplifting outlook on life.

Thank you for your posts.

Cheers,
Bobby

camilla said...

Lovely words. So often we think of resolutions being about discipline to work harder at accomplishing more. Sometimes the biggest accomplishments have to do with letting go of more. Thanks for the encouragement this morning.

Elizabeth said...

I love this. Do you mind if I share it on my blog?