Monday, January 23, 2017

New Year--By Barbara Robinette--United States

New Year

Beloved November waves goodbye
as she drifts around the bend.

Deep December ponders many meanings
as a cedar is dug up, put into a pot filled with earth
and brought into the house.  Its branches
are decorated with lavender
and dark purple ribbons and bows.

Then January strides in as a queen arrayed in gold
atop her steed.  Bells ring.  Fireworks explode
as she descends from her horse
and bows to us watching the parade.

Her humility astounds. 
We wonder what the new year will bring.

Barbara Robinette is the author of two books of poems, Plain and Sea Leafs By Moon.  A third book is forthcoming. Several of her poems have appeared in print and on-line.  She has written poems, off and on, since President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 when someone read “Oh Captain, My Captain” during the funeral procession.  She thinks poetry is for everyday, working people and keeps that audience in mind when writing her poems.


  1. Dear Barbara,
    Thank you for this new poem; I especially appreciate your use of personification--the natural world waves, ponders, strides and is humble!

  2. Thank you, Michael. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Indeed Barbara, we sometimes wonder what the New Year will bring. Nicely-written poem. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  4. Hello, Maurice. I am glad you enjoyed the poem too. Thank you.

  5. I like how you personalize months and give them their own colours, scents and textures, even the least popular months.

  6. Thank you, Martha, for reading my poem and for your comments. I think I like winter!

  7. Dear Barbra, I spent a lot of time reading this. Cleverly written.
    With all that was tabulated before the new year,
    I have no doubt the new year will run smoothly.

    1. Hello, Yancy. Optimism is a wonderful gift. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem and for your comments. Barbara