Happy New Year. What does it mean?
Another circuit of the Sun
(a half billion miles to start again where we’d begun)
Three-six-five revolutions, as many broken resolutions,
Another cycle of the seasons –
Cold and warm, light and dark,
But where do circles really end and start?
Other cultures, other countries mark
The year’s rebirth at other points of the circumference.
If it were down to me I’d move New Year to where it used to be,
Near end of March – Annunciation Day – the start of Spring,
Not here in Winter’s dark and icy heart.
New Year – and is the world made new? And have things changed
These twenty-hundred-something years since Jesus came?
Well, maybe; now at least our phones are smart
If not our heads, nor yet our hearts.
This New Year’s Night I walked the streets and saw the stormy stars
Orion’s belt and Sirius, the Pleiades and Betelgeuse.
And yet their light shone not from now,
Not from this year-beginning night,
But from a memory of ancient aeons past.
They tell no futures, these blind watchers. But they last,
Beyond all resolutions and remembrance…
…and that’s really quite enough of that. Sorry, the urge to write bad poetry overtakes me sometimes. And I wasn’t even hungover.
Moving swiftly on… so how did 2013 treat you? For me it brought the milestone (or millstone) of turning 40, along with an unlooked-for move at work into our marketing department. Not quite what I’d asked Santa for.
But for the most part the world seemed to get on fairly well without my input, leaving me free to blog verbosely about random things like meaninglessness, Harry Potter, Teenage Exorcists, wordless faith, the absence of God, and other fun topics.
I’ve very little idea what 2014 has in store apart from some inevitable sporting disasters for England, continuing economic pains for all of us, and of course the final Hobbit film, doubtless with extended hugging scenes.
Meanwhile I have a whole long list of posts lined up to delight/bore/baffle/annoy you with, ranging from looking at biblical inerrancy to religious boredom to whether Christianity is in the least bit practical and whether God has a Perfect Plan for Your Life (TM). But please do let me know if there are other issues you’d prefer me to woffle about instead.
And finally, thank you. Thank you for wading through my interminable text, thank you for following this blog, thank you for commenting and contributing. You’re all lovely and I wish you a very happy and blessed 2014.