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The last poetry Wednesday of the year!

And the crowd goes wild….

So I did a google search of poetry and “new year,” I got a bunch of hits, but I picked this one. I didn’t even have to read it first. It immediately jumped out as the poem for me! Three guesses why, and the first two don’t count! :-)
Goodbye, 2009, we hardly knew ye.

The Old Year
by John Clare

The Old Year’s gone away
To nothingness and night:
We cannot find him all the day
Nor hear him in the night:
He left no footstep, mark or place
In either shade or sun:
The last year he’d a neighbour’s face,
In this he’s known by none.

All nothing everywhere:
Mists we on mornings see
Have more of substance when they’re here
And more of form than he.
He was a friend by every fire,
In every cot and hall–
A guest to every heart’s desire,
And now he’s nought at all.

Old papers thrown away,
Old garments cast aside,
The talk of yesterday,
Are things identified;
But time once torn away
No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year’s Day
Left the Old Year lost to all.

13 Responses to “The last poetry Wednesday of the year!”

  1. Fisch Says:

    Yesterday, I saw a man on the stairs,
    He was not there again today,
    I wish, I wish he’d go away.

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    Is this a riddle about mirrors on your stairs? Hi, Fisch! Waves!

  3. Dawn Summers Says:

    What the hell? TWO comments? TWO? Go back to work. You are more prolific. #Poutsincornerandsucksthumb

  4. Angela Says:

    Nice. Maybe he’s a long lost relative and died and owes you some cash. That’d be a good way to ring in the new year.

    You guys know what today is right? (I really shouldn’t have to ask….)

    Anyway, so this morning I when I woke up I was having a dream that I was living the first season of Beverly Hills 90210, which is awesome except for the fact that I was experiencing from the point of view of Brenda and she sucks.

  5. Dawn Summers Says:

    I thought pre-Dylan Brenda was alright! But you have way better style!

  6. Angela Says:

    Thanks. :)

    Brenda was a pain in the ass from the very beginning. Not like the ultra-cool Kelly Taylor!

  7. Dawn Summers Says:

    Hahaha I loved the Brenda/Kelly catfights over Dylan! Who I always thought was heinous looking!

  8. Angela Says:

    Yeah, nobody on there was really good looking. I mean, if I HAD to pick, it would be Brandon but he was always a little too goody goody for me. And the girls weren’t that pretty either. Donna Martin horrifies me. (Though I should note that I do own a “Donna Martin Graduates” tote bag.)

  9. Dawn Summers Says:

    YES! Tori Spelling looks like somebody ironed her face!

  10. Fisch Says:

    I always thought Jennie Garth was hot. I’m sure many would agree with me.

  11. Tae Says:

    “Three guesses why…” Um…John “Clare”
    What did I win?

    And isn’t this supposed to be inane comment Wednesday since Friday is a holiday?

  12. Dawn Summers Says:

    Hahaha I think anytime someone comments “Jennie Garth is hot” it’s clearly an inane comments day, cause I for sure, will never write a post where that would be a…um…nane comment. :)

  13. Angela Says:

    Tae– It was supposed to be but nobody wanted to have any fun. Bums.

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