On New Year's Eve Poem by Evie Shockley

On New Year's Eve

Rating: 4.5


we make midnight a maquette of the year:
frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize
the vows we offer to ourselves in near
silence: the competition shimmerwise

of champagne and chandeliers to attract
laughter and cheers: the glow from the fireplace
reflecting the burning intra-red pact
between beloveds: we cosset the space

of a fey hour, anxious gods molding our
hoped-for adams with this temporal clay:
each of us edacious for shining or
rash enough to think sacrifice will stay

this fugacious time: while stillness suspends
vitality in balance, as passions
struggle with passions for sway, the mind wends
towards what's to come: a callithump of fashions,

ersatz smiles, crowded days: a bloodless cut
that severs soul from bone: a long aching
quiet in which we will hear nothing but
the clean crack of our promises breaking.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: life
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Anil Kumar Panda 31 December 2016

Awesome. a long aching quiet in which we will hear nothing but the clean crack of our promises breaking. ...is beautiful. Hope this new year will bring hope and peace. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 31 December 2016

One cannot help but be optimistic about 2017.....

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Terry Craddock 31 December 2016

'frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize' the silence of snow, the quiet of snow, can so easily solemize so many things

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Domino A. Okoliko 31 December 2016

The longing is for sure... Nicely put

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Tom Allport 31 December 2016

life is all show and swankiness for some? nice poem though.

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Colonel Muhamad Khalid Khan 31 December 2016

A wonderful poem with touch of sadness Evie. Congrats on being selected member of the day Col Muhammad Khalid Khan

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Evie Shockley

Nashville / Tennessee / United States
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