New Year’s Day

January 1, 2008
A new year begins as a quiet dark morning
flirting with wet snow and freezing rain
No hangover, thankfully
More expectation than regret, thankfully

No fireworks ending the old year
No need even for a sharp demarcation
between old and new, or
what was and will be
Yet, so many subtle memories, wishes, dreams

The first day of a new January
No fanfare, frenzy, or even football
The finale of a wonderful holiday season
filled with joyous sounds, familiar loved faces
bright lights, much giving and receiving

Today, one for inwardness…
a cut below the skin, probing something deeper
Cherishing last year’s gems
Some looking ahead, pondering possibilities, and
thinking beyond myself

It’s true…time flies as we grow older
So it seems in my harried, hassled, overworked life
which miraculously finds more joy than sorrow
more pleasure than pain, and
a nice balance between meaning and happiness

So, on this New Year’s Day…
no maudlin reflections
no arcane promises
no pretentious claims
Simply a new beginning with hope

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Kosmos Consulting and Research website:  Visual Advantage Photography website: Flickr Photo Page here: Contact Don Iannone by email:

16 thoughts on “New Year’s Day”

  1. This poem just epitomises my thoughts on the new year. Reading it gave me that wonderful feeling of discovering someone having translated that exact whim of your brain into words.

  2. Happy new year! enjoy this poem.
    p.s. i have been published in two online magazines.
    i am very proud of myself…..see the note n my blog

  3. Thanks to Polona, Dan, Tim, Paul, Quasar, Trinitystar and Nasra for your comments and well wishes for 2008. They are much appreciated.

    Paul, I will look into the issue. The issue I think is that I use my Blogger acct to log in to your site and others on Blogger and that carries you to Conscious Living. My new site is on WordPress and so the Blogger profile and link do not direct users to non-Blogger sites.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  4. As a fellow wordpress user, my wordpress login will have to do. But for the record, Don, this is Tao1776 aka Tim.
    I just wanted to stop by and wish you greatness of being for the coming year and beyond. Always appreciate your words for as we all know, “most poems are hymns of praise for the glory of life.” And as This Being Human…..we need more praise and less fodder.

  5. Hi Don,
    may the New Year be filled with joy, fun & much Sun.
    Wirh best wishes & warm smiles flowing your way thru the night & day.

  6. As always Don a Wizard with words
    favourite and a lines and relating to myself is
    Cherishing last year’s gems
    Some looking ahead, pondering possibilities, and
    thinking beyond myself
    My new year kind of slipped in … without any fuss, without the burntout fireworks that fizzled and died in the distance. It came with fresh thoughts and possibilties as you wrote. Great piece.

    Happy New Year Don

    Last few months I have been occupying myself on a project for Saving the Bees Which I shall post sometime in the new year.
    Hugs for you

  7. How true …I wathed the sunlight spread it rays while morning shined with smile… I was content, to greet the day in sunshine while Im heading to work …

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