It’s the fourth week of my personal poetry challenge to try and read at least one poem a week during 2022. After finishing my book of Thomas Hardy’s poems which often had a sad, reflective tone, I thought I would go for something hopefully a bit more cheerful.
I bought this book a year ago in the Waterstones half price sale and until this week, it’s sat unopened on my bookshelf. This anthology is full of poems to lift you up and keep you going when things get tough because ‘Tomorrow is Beautiful’.
My favourite poem so far is one by Jackie Kay who is a Scottish poet so it seems appropriate to choose this one in the week when we celebrated Burn’s Night. It’s also very apt for New Year being all about those resolutions that we make.
Remember the time of year
when the future appears
like a blank sheet of paper
a clean calendar, a new chance
On thick white snow
You vow fresh footprints
then watch them go
with the wind’s hearty gust.
Fill your glass. Here’s tae us. Promises
made to be broken, made to last.
I love the fact that it’s OK not to keep those resolutions. Some promises are made to be broken, others will last.
3 thoughts on “Poetry Challenge – Week 4”
This poem is beautiful. I love that it talks to fresh chances.
I love the comparison of a fresh start to the sheet of snow giving us that blank sheet to start on!
It’s great isn’t it?