New Year’s poems for a New Year that is about to begin. I can’t believe we are at the end of the Old Year. The Old Year has brought some terrifying moments for us all but also many personally happy moments, too. The New Year leaves a wide open path before us, one that is filled with many possibilities. We need to remember that opportunities are numerous, it’s the choices we make that determine which direction we will travel.
Two New Year’s Poems
Poetry can be timeless in the messages that they bring to us. Two classic New Year’s poems, The Old Year and The New Year, are two you will enjoy sharing with your children this and every New Year. Note how personification is used in these two rhyming New Year poems.
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 not 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 times once torn away
No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year’s Day
Left the Old Year lost to all.
Since the above New Year’s poem is about The Old Year, the next New Year’s poem is about The New year, of course…
The New year
by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Who comes dancing over the snow,
His soft little feet all bare and rosey?
Open the door, though the wide winds blow,
Take the child in and make him cozy.
Take him in and hod him dear
He is the wonderful glad New Year.
I hope you enjoyed reading these two New Year’s poems. Happy New Year from my family to yours, Nana.