New Year's Day
It's the clean slate,
the board washed of yesterday,
a new document page,
a big open space under "Comments."
The sun rises over and outshines
the fireworks display of last night,
the glitter and silver
of your party wear.
Today lends a new brightness
to snow and sand, benches and backyards
and to all your fresh plans,
even if it's a cloudy day.
This year makes a resolution
to be like no other year for the next 12 months.
You dive bravely
into its whirlwind of weeks.
And later fondly remember and passionately forget
red-letter and grey-letter days
in a black-and-white sort of way,
but never cease to be part of this year
For the rest of your life.