A New Year
By Shirley Ottman 
A new year
a time for looking ahead
and not behind;
a time for faith
and not despair;
a time for long,
great gulps of
hopeful expectation.

Drink deeply, my friend.
So that fortified with the promises
it brings, this
year will keep you near
fresh springs of healing
love where you may come to
weave old and loving memories
with new understandings
and acceptance
and find peace.