January 02, 2006


I Am Running into a New Year
by Lucille Clifton

i am running into a new year
and the old years blow back
like a wind
that i catch in my hair
like strong fingers like
all my old promises and
it will be hard to let go
of what i said to myself
about myself
when i was sixteen and
twentysix and thirtysix
even thirtysix but
i am running into a new year
and i beg what i love and
i leave to forgive me

From: Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir by Lucille Clifton

Posted by Karen at January 2, 2006 05:04 PM

Hope you are having luck on your resolution! Just wanted to say hi!

Posted by: KnittnChick at January 5, 2006 07:05 PM

You quote Lucille Clifton. I never hear her referred to, how cool. Haven't read her in years, nice to see her name again. Got to you via Patti (Pasticcio). Thank you for that little gift.

Posted by: Dharma at January 6, 2006 08:28 PM