Saturday, December 31, 2016
Farewell to 2016
Tonight at sunset walking on the snowy road,
my shoes crunching on the frozen gravel, first
through the woods, then out into the open fields
past a couple of trailers and some pickup trucks, I stop
and look at the sky. Suddenly: orange, red, pink, blue,
green, purple, yellow, gray, all at once and everywhere.
I pause in this moment at the beginning of my old age
and I say a prayer of gratitude for getting to this evening
a prayer for being here, today, now, alive
in this life, in this evening, under this sky.
(This poem is from David Budbill's 2005 collection, While We've Still Got Feet.) Website.
Found via 12/31 post on "As time goes by"
Artwork @ Nancy Ewart. Inspired by photos by Nina Savich and Elizabeth Hopkins