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Saturday, 1 January 2022

Saturday Rave: The Old Year by John Clare.

 Is this is a day for looking forward, or for looking back?

Looking forward, most would say, but, I don't know....if we don't value the year just gone, will we appreciate, and make the most of, the year yet to come?

It might change your view of what is to come.

The Old Year's gone away
To nothingness and night:
We cannot find him all the day
Nor hear him in the night:
He left no footstep, mark or place
In either shade or sun:
The last year he'd a neighbour's face,
In this he's known by none.

All nothing everywhere:
Mists we on mornings see
Have more of substance when they're here
And more of form than he.
He was a friend by every fire,
In every cot and hall--
A guest to every heart's desire,
And now he's nought at all.

Old papers thrown away,
 Old garments cast aside,
The talk of yesterday,
Are things identified;
But time once torn away
No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year's Day
Left the Old Year lost to all.

Let's hope 2022 leaves dancing footsteps, and shimmering shadows, and fulfilled desires.

Happy New Year!

Word To Use Today: substance. This word comes from the Latin substantia, which means essence, from substare, to stand firm or to be present.from sub-, which can mean anything to do with being under or smaller or less important, and stare, which means to stand.

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