The Year Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The Year

Rating: 4.5

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That's not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that's the burden of a year.

Mary Skarpathiotaki 01 January 2018

Excellent contains all truths and feelings...i vote 10++++++++++++++

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Denis Mair 01 January 2018

This woman was born before her time. She was a proto-modernist. To feel the world's sting in an rise on a sigh when one has no other wings, these are fine leaps of imagination. Sometimes the world opens in a sigh, and we feel others' suffering as well as our own.

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 01 January 2018

The truth of a year so candidly told touches my emotions and soul at the outset of the new year.........very outstanding..........thanks for sharing

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Susan Williams 01 January 2018

An excellent poem to read on Jan 1st every year to prepare ourselves for what a year can bring us- both joy and sorrow.

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Kusum 01 January 2018

Your poem summarizes the days passing by turning into a year. Good one!

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Chinedu Dike 02 January 2023

Beaut couplets, focused and factual.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 01 January 2023

Yes, really that is that we are the burden of year when our expectation grows up gradually!

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Shaun Cronick 25 April 2020

Ella was a poetess and wonderful woman born way beyond her time. What more is there to say except... thank you.

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Kevin Patrick 01 January 2018

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear, And that's the burden of a year. Wonderful new years poem to start the year, a great choice, lets hope this years a hopeful burden.

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Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin
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