Between the Lines

Patti RussoM.S., CPT Certified Poetry Therapist                                                             (978) 314-8659                                                              Cambridge, MA 02139                                       
Poem for January 2019

"Poetry, like bread, is for everyone."
          -- Roque Dalton
i am running into a new year 

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 fortysix but
i am running into a new year
and I beg what I love and
i leave to forgive me

-Lucille Clifton

Writing prompts:

What greets you as you "run into" 2019?  Write out your goals and visions for the year.

Reflect on a decade ago, then two decades ago.  What were you "running into" then?  What was compelling to you?  Does what drew you then still attract you now?

Consider the closing lines, "and I beg what I love and I leave/ to forgive me".  What of 2018 (or earlier) must be left behind to make room for 2019?