Susan Williams


The Adventure Of The First Day Of The New Year - Poem by Susan Williams

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Quiet, be still my soul
listen to His words
not to the fears
encircling
like wolves
hungry
and
cruel.
.
Quiet, be still my soul
it is time to reflect
time to weed out
the mental garden
time to forge better paths
for the heart to follow
time to build a better sanctuary
for all I love.
.
Quiet, be still my soul
it is time to forgive
and to always give
and to stop
stop seeking out the memories
of all those dark and hurtful times
that need to die
so all the little graces of life may live.
.
Quiet, be still my soul
listen to His words
not to the fears
encircling
like wolves
hungry
and
cruel.
.
.
......................... ..©Susan Williams, Jan.1,2017

Topic(s) of this poem: faith

Form: Verse


Comments about The Adventure Of The First Day Of The New Year by Susan Williams

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (5/4/2018 4:41:00 AM)

    Quiet, be still my soul
    it is time to reflect
    time to weed out
    the mental garden
    time to forge better paths
    for the heart to follow
    time to build a better sanctuary
    for all I love........touching expression with nice theme. An outstanding poem. Thanks for sharing.
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    Susan Williams(5/7/2018 2:08:00 AM)

    Thank you for reading and commenting, Kumarmani!

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  • Hazel Durham (12/17/2017 11:00:00 AM)

    I love this superb poem about being grateful for the blessings in our lives and not to let our inner voice destroy our joy by worrying over the past, worrying over the future but to have faith and rejoice and find our inner child and release the spirit of love and freedom of expression! (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(12/28/2017 2:23:00 AM)

    Thank you for always supporting your fellow poets- -I look forward to your lovely poems so imbued with the flavor of your homeland as well as your heart and your comments that reveal the wisdom you have earned through the trials and joys of your life.

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  • Chinedu Dike (11/13/2017 7:53:00 PM)

    An insightful depiction of autosuggestion which one deploys in order to affirm the individual's faith, as the person earnestly resolves to sustain resolutions in a new year. Poignant work of an intricate mind. Lovely indeed, Susan. Thanks for sharing and stay blessed. (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(11/17/2017 4:11:00 PM)

    Perhaps if we are on a revolving tilt-a-wheel always reliving the bad things, we can mentally throw those bad things off the bus and take aboard and keep aboard good thoughts, forgiveness both of self and others and get on with living in the present. Thank you for reading and understanding. You stay blessed as well, Chinedu! !

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (10/8/2017 2:58:00 PM)

    A brilliant poem on faith expecting the new year to be prosperous. The first day of the new year is the time to weed out the hurtful feelings and darkness from the mental garden and to build a better sanctuary for love. Our soul mustn't fear the hungry and cruel wolves encircling to us. Beautifully crafted Thanks a lot. (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(10/10/2017 12:08:00 AM)

    Thank you so much- -knew you would enjoy the spirituality of this one- -and by the way, your comment is so poetic! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • (9/25/2017 10:03:00 PM)

    An impressive write that resonates to the soul within. What better New Year wish could there be? Self renewal and faith coupled with trying not to think about things beyond our control or what we fear and just be glad to be here. (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(9/29/2017 12:19:00 AM)

    I am glad you found this and read it and found it had something to say worth hearing. There are thoughts that haunt us all... the things we cannot bear to think about but seem to track us down

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  • Rebecca Navarre (1/14/2017 1:06:00 AM)

    More Than Welcome! ! ! ! ! Always Wish
    You Many Heart Felt! ! ! ! ! Smiles! ! ! ! !
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    Susan Williams(1/15/2017 12:50:00 PM)

    Thank you, Rebecca- -good wishes right back atcha! :)

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  • Rebecca Navarre (1/13/2017 10:25:00 PM)

    Another Perfectly Done And Said! ! ! ! ! With Words That Ring True! ! ! ! ! World Can Be So Cruel, Focusing
    On What Means The Most! ! ! ! ! Is The Best We Can Do! ! ! ! ! Many Blessings! ! ! ! ! Always To You! ! ! ! !
    Many Many 10+++++++++S! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Love This! ! ! ! ! Another To Favs! ! ! ! ! !
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    Susan Williams(1/13/2017 11:28:00 PM)

    Rebecca, you have a way about you! You light up this site with your joy and enthusiasm. Thank you for lifting me up and all those 10's! ! !

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  • Nosheen Irfan (1/13/2017 5:42:00 AM)

    An excellent write to start a new year. Wonderfully written. Well-conceived. I love the clarity of vision. And the fact it teaches a lesson in a subtle way rather than drumming it into you makes it all the more worth-reading. A super 10. (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(1/13/2017 11:19:00 PM)

    Exactly. Philosophy, wisdom, instructional- -whatever it may be categorized as- -It is the most difficult poem for me to write. I do not want to sound like I'm preaching.... I hate getting lectured if I'm not in the classroom. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for saying I used a light touch when writing this. That relieves my mind and thank you for the 10! ! ! ! !

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  • Annette Aitken (1/12/2017 9:04:00 AM)

    Wow....Susan I absolutly love this one, as I read Quiet, be still my soul I found myself saying shuss, and whispering as I read aloud, I could feel your words going through me, and thinking yes, Thats how I want my new year to start.....brillant...

    Annette
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    Susan Williams(1/13/2017 11:05:00 PM)

    Wow, Annette, you get inside what you read! ! That is a valuable talent for a writer as well as a reader. I like how you whispered the words- -I shall remember that when I ever write another poem that seeks quiet... thank you for the valuable insights. May you have a brilliant new year!

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  • Bharati Nayak (1/10/2017 4:50:00 AM)

    Quiet, be still my soul
    it is time to forgive
    and to always give
    and to stop
    stop seeking out the memories
    of all those dark and hurtful times
    that need to die
    so all the little graces of life may live.
    .- - - - A lovely poem- - -A quiet determination to weed out the dark fears and hurtful feelings from life and to go forward with hope and grace..
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    Susan Williams(1/10/2017 2:29:00 PM)

    Hey, Bharati, I'm glad you read this because you point out the lines that struck you the most and that is a huge help to me. Blessings on you for a beautiful 2017

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  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (1/9/2017 2:34:00 AM)

    So inspirational and motivating. Beautifully creatively, said in metaphor and poetic freeverse phrasing wow. Kudos.
    Nice to read from your pen again, a very merry hapy new year to u,
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    Susan Williams(1/9/2017 1:47:00 PM)

    Thank you! ! ! Your comments mean a lot to me- -just the fact that you read my poetry means a lot to me! ! ! There are so many poets on this site that I hate that I have read only a small fraction of them. I wish you and yours a very happy and healthy and creative new year filled with love and adventure! !

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  • Susan Williams (1/7/2017 1:17:00 PM)

    Who Wrote This? ? ! ! ! I found this notification e-mailed to me.I clicked on the link and followed the yellow brick road but there was no comment matching this sweet comment. So I posted this question last night on my poem's page. I just got on and found that my question had disappeared. I am not fond of being messed with. But I do want the author of this comment to contact me or re-post it. Thank you.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You have a new comment about your poem: The Adventure Of The First Day Of The New Year

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    Susan, I found this piece at just the right moment. I breathed it in like the fragrance of divine wisdom it is. Every line seems to be speaking exactly to a point in my heart that needs to hear what you have so luminously captured in this beautiful piece.
    To be quiet
    to set down fear and stress
    to choose better paths
    to give
    and to forgive
    to walk in grace
    and leave the past behind.

    Such powerful wisdom, and so necessary for this year. Thank you again, Susan. I will be coming back to this one again and again.
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    Susan Williams(1/10/2017 3:39:00 PM)

    Thank you, Seamus. It was such a beautiful and personal response to the poem I felt compelled to know who write it and if all was well with him/her. To have you returning to read and reread one of my poems is an awesome honor.

    Seamus O Brian(1/10/2017 2:05:00 PM)

    See, I came back to read it again as it was such a lovely blessing the first time around. I posted this comment but everything went haywire with the site.
    :)
    S

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  • Susan Williams (1/7/2017 3:02:00 AM)

    I have the e-mail but when I come to the poem the comment is no longer here.
    ~~~~~~~Susan, I found this piece at just the right moment. I breathed it in like the fragrance of divine wisdom it is. Every line seems to be speaking exactly to a point in my heart that needs to hear what you have so luminously captured in this beautiful piece.
    To be quiet
    to set down fear and stress
    to choose better paths
    to give
    and to forgive
    to walk in grace
    and leave the past behind.
    Such powerful wisdom, and so necessary for this year. Thank you again, Susan. I will be coming back to this one again and again.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Please let me know. I do not want to ignore such a heartfelt comment. Thank you.
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  • Seamus O Brian (1/6/2017 8:45:00 AM)

    Susan, I found this piece at just the right moment. I breathed it in like the fragrance of divine wisdom it is. Every line seems to be speaking exactly to a point in my heart that needs to hear what you have so luminously captured in this beautiful piece.
    To be quiet
    to set down fear and stress
    to choose better paths
    to give
    and to forgive
    to walk in grace
    and leave the past behind.

    Such powerful wisdom, and so necessary for this year. Thank you again, Susan. I will be coming back to this one again and again.
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    Susan Williams(2/25/2017 2:15:00 PM)

    Seamus, Thank you, It was such a beautiful and personal response to the poem I felt compelled to know who write it and if all was well with him/her. To have you returning to read and reread one of my poems is an awesome honor.. I feel it is such an honor to have come to know you and your awe inspiring poetry. There will come a day when your poetry books will be in book shops across the land- -actually they won't be there long because they will be flying off the shelves!

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  • Glen Kappy (1/3/2017 7:38:00 AM)

    hello, susan!

    i just discovered you through your comments on the hopkins' poem about st. alphonsus. so i clicked on your name, and this is the first poem of yours i've read.

    i like it, your voice, your sense of phrasing. i like that God is part of your awareness, as with me. I look forward to reading more of your work. after reading from the gospel of john this morning, i wanted to read more that reminded me of God, that was uplifting, so thank you. now on to read more of your poems.

    love fill, surround, and guide you.

    glen kappy
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    Susan Williams(1/4/2017 1:42:00 PM)

    I am glad you stumbled across a comment of mine and decided to come take a look at my poems. You will find a mixed bag... my faith underlies many of my poems but I do not often use faith as a topic. I too read the Bible daily- I have to! ! I am involved in 2 Bible Studies at church, one is a two-year tour through the Bible and the other is a 7 week study of Mark to be followed by another 8 or 9 week study of another topic. A very kind benediction there, Glen- - May love fill, surround, and guide you too! ! !

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  • (1/3/2017 12:42:00 AM)

    He surely loves the soul that is not Quiet. along with that there is a living heart too, that feels new year and the responsibilities. Happy new year friend. and this poem is beautiful (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(1/4/2017 1:25:00 PM)

    Thank you for the kind words and the good wishes. I do wish you a happy and prosperous new year, my friend, full of generosity and good will!

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  • (1/2/2017 5:17:00 PM)

    Susan,
    This is a fantastic poem. You actually say so much about human nature. I find that for most of the time, most of the people are nostalgic. Yet for some reason, and for all too brief a time, we tend to slip out of that frame of mind with the new year. Perhaps because that year is new? At that time we look to the future, the what is possible, and tell ourselves that obstacles and barriers need to be reconciled to the past. Maybe we should change our frame of mind to make this the common way of thinking...your poem suggests we have the courage...time to build that better sanctuary. A 10 for sure.
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    Susan Williams(1/3/2017 2:06:00 PM)

    I look forward to reading your comments! You really delve into what a poem is saying [or trying to say] and this has always helped me to write better, write deeper, and seek a stronger connection with the reader through the selection of words. Thank you for the encouragement

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  • (1/2/2017 6:46:00 AM)

    I can only echo Valsa's marvellous comments. One of Isa's school-friends said the same thing and it is wonderful advice which you have set in a great poem. It's going into my favourites' list. (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(1/3/2017 1:52:00 PM)

    Thank you Tom...and here I thought I was all original - - TYou have a New Year filled with good friends and that splendid daughter of yours and the comfort of good memories.

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  • Valsa George (1/2/2017 6:22:00 AM)

    Beautiful thoughts to start the New Year on a clean slate! When our mind becomes a repository of love, all other qualities will flock together to nest there! We have to weed out all negative feelings like hatred, jealousy, pride etc and bury all unpleasant memories of the past.....! If we succeed in this, our mind will become quiet and an inner peace will pervade all through our being! Thanks for sharing this inspirational write at the start of the year! (Report)Reply

    Susan Williams(1/3/2017 1:30:00 PM)

    Thank YOU for sharing this highly intelligent and inspirational comment with me! Girl, you're even poetic when you write prose! I'm glad you enjoyed the thoughts in my poem- I will strive to follow them this year.

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  • (1/1/2017 8:45:00 PM)

    Hi Susan,
    As usual, your poem is exuding confidence and positive energy. These are the basic attitudes one requires when one approaches a new year; not many worthless resolutions that are forgotten, even before the new year is over. And of course, faith! True faith comes from the identification of oneself with Him, so that it comes naturally to one to overcome fear. for he is there!
    And,
    it is time to reflect
    time to weed out
    the mental garden
    time to forge better paths
    for the heart to follow

    And of course, love alone takes you forward; Love for your fellow beings, which is just an extension of love for Him:
    time to build a better sanctuary
    for all I love.

    A poem of immense worth, for the New Year! 100++
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    Susan Williams(1/2/2017 4:32:00 PM)

    Thank you, I knew you would understand this poem completely and from a background of faith. I will strive to keep this poem as a guiding star to help me through this year and I so hope others will find it likewise to be of help to them in their struggles. Happy New Year to you, my friend! ! And thank you for the hundred tens! ! ! !

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, January 1, 2017

Poem Edited: Tuesday, January 24, 2017


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