“Burning the Old Year”-Burying 2014


Hello, 2015.

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First, a poem of inspiration to introduce the theme of our upcoming issue and to help you ignite 2014 and escape the flames:

Burning the Old Year*
BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE

Letters swallow themselves in seconds.
Notes friends tied to the doorknob,
transparent scarlet paper,
sizzle like moth wings,
marry the air.

So much of any year is flammable,
lists of vegetables, partial poems.
Orange swirling flame of days,
so little is a stone.

Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,
an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space.
I begin again with the smallest numbers.

Quick dance, shuffle of losses and leaves,
only the things I didn’t do
crackle after the blazing dies.

Burn/Bury/Submerge the old year and tell us about it. We want your 2014 reflections for the March Issue of GirlSense & NonSense Magazine. Details here.

*Source: Words Under the Words: Selected Poems (Far Corner Books, 1995)



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