On the New Year


Stephen Gill – TRANSCEND Media Service

What then
if it is a New Year.

This day is the same
as any other day of last week
even last year.

The willful ghosts of sorrow
have not dissolved
nor have the fogs of ignorance
which float over the cold tombs.

they have grown in strength
in the gloom of violence.

If nights were replaced by days
just by thinking,
the corners of darkness
would have been lit by now.

Eaters of stale crumbs
in the mornings
should have been welcomed
by the appetizing smells
of fresh and warm foods.

The hours of suffering
would have been reduced,
joys lasted longer
and lives changed.

When this sun does not surge
it does not matter
what year or date it is.

Just by the murmurs of the clock
history does not alter,
life will not wear
another mantle;
only calendars become new.

Some cards are traded
feasts are arranged.

This is not a change.

A multiple award winning writer and poet, Stephen Gill has authored books of fiction, literary criticism and collections of poems. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than five hundred publications, and the focus of his writing is world peace through peaceful means. Once in a while, Stephen Gill writes poetry also in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi. For contact and other information, please visit his website: www.stephengill.ca


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