Margaret Avison

(April 23, 1918 – July 31, 2007 / Galt, Ontario)

New Year's Poem - Poem by Margaret Avison

The Christmas twigs crispen and needles rattle
Along the window-ledge.
A solitary pearl
Shed from the necklace spilled at last week's party
Lies in the suety, snow-luminous plainness
Of morning, on the window-ledge beside them.
And all the furniture that circled stately
And hospitable when these rooms were brimmed
With perfumes, furs, and black-and-silver
Crisscross of seasonal conversation, lapses
Into its previous largeness.
I remember
Anne's rose-sweet gravity, and the stiff grave
Where cold so little can contain;
I mark the queer delightful skull and crossbones
Starlings and sparrows left, taking the crust,
And the long loop of winter wind
Smoothing its arc from dark Arcturus down
To the bricked corner of the drifted courtyard,
And the still window-ledge.
Gentle and just pleasure
It is, being human, to have won from space
This unchill, habitable interior
Which mirrors quietly the light
Of the snow, and the new year.


Comments about New Year's Poem by Margaret Avison

  • Susan Williams (1/2/2018 4:15:00 PM)


    Totally agree with Lantz concerning this poem. I almost bypassed it because I supposed it to be the typical celebration poem. I am so thankful I read this. This is intelligent, sensitive, and full of shadows and light. (Report) Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/2/2018 2:26:00 PM)


    Mirrors reflect beautiful light and we feel this. A nice poem on New year is excellently penned.10 (Report) Reply

  • Alison Mujati (1/2/2018 1:20:00 PM)


    Awesome poem....definition of beauty (Report) Reply

  • Francis Lynch (1/2/2018 9:19:00 AM)


    Margaret is a wonderful Canadian poet. This poem does justice to her reputation. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (1/2/2018 7:51:00 AM)


    I so relate to the last sentence of this poem. It reminds me of my daily or nearly-dailyprayer that everyone of us on earth would have enough in the way of shelter from the elements and from harm. And it reminds me, in its gratitude for it and for the feeling of safety, of my Heart Song, The Sun is Lacking. -GK (Report) Reply

  • (1/2/2018 2:07:00 AM)


    Revived the remembrance of what was then and what is now, when old departs and new arrives, you will find a significant token of remembrance of the past and the present as well.......scripted with wonderful feelings..........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/2/2018 12:22:00 AM)


    What has hilariously happened and what are things left over are nicely depicted in this poem! It is a nice personal picture of celebration of New Year and after that immediately! (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (1/2/2017 9:57:00 AM)


    A touching poem with a profound meaning on a common theme, elegantly presented. Thanks for sharing. Congrats for being the modern PoD. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (1/2/2017 6:14:00 AM)


    A solitary pearl nicely written, thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (1/2/2017 6:03:00 AM)


    I usually do not like occasional poems. Poems that to clearly signal their subject and limit it to a particular event or circumstance. But this piece far exceeds the limitation of its title. It is timeless. Ethereal. The words float with a measured meditation, a clear and distinct recognition of the surrounding details and of the interior interpretation. I have never heard of Margaret Avison before and am disappointed that there are not more of her poems here. This poem presents a voice to be heard and sought out. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (1/2/2017 3:38:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a poem of remembering of what was and what is. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/2/2017 12:48:00 AM)

    Very nice
    Shed from the necklace spilled at last week's party mirrors quietly reflect the light. Beautiful presentation and metaphoric expression make this poem entirely very interesting. An excellent poem this is really.10 (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/2/2017 12:47:00 AM)

    The New Year
    The new light. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Chinedu Dike (12/24/2015 3:16:00 PM)


    Lovely train of thought, well articulated and nicely penned in heightened poetic diction with conviction. Thanks for sharing Margaret. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 10, 2015



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