Ella Wheeler Wilcox

(5 November 1850 - 30 October 1919 / Johnstown Center / Rock County / Wisconsin)

The Year - Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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.


Comments about The Year by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

  • (1/1/2018 11:16:00 PM)


    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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  • Rajnish Manga (1/1/2018 9:53:00 PM)


    Fantastic work. In the backdrop of a New Year, the poet has presented a nice commentary on a man's life. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/1/2018 6:44:00 PM)


    Such an interesting new year poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2018 5:26:00 PM)


    Your poem summarizes the days passing by turning into a year. Good one! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/1/2018 2:27:00 PM)


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

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/1/2018 11:01:00 AM)


    Wow, We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
    And that's the burden of a year.
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  • Savita Tyagi (1/1/2018 8:39:00 AM)


    All so true and poetic. (Report) Reply

  • Denis Mair (1/1/2018 5:09:00 AM)


    This woman was born before her time. She was a proto-modernist. To feel the world's sting in an embrace...to 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. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (1/1/2018 4:29:00 AM)


    Excellent contains all truths and feelings...i vote 10++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/1/2018 2:12:00 AM)


    We rise up with beauty of rising light in this New Year. This is a great perceptional Happy New Year poem beautifully penned...10 (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2018 1:47:00 AM)


    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 (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2018 1:45:00 AM)


    A beautiful, sad, evocative and perceptive poem about the experience, the dread and the hope of the passing of time. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/1/2018 1:29:00 AM)


    Nice one! Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/1/2017 11:50:00 PM)


    Nice one++++++++++++ thanks for sharing++++++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Tatiana Berdennikova (1/1/2017 6:36:00 PM)

    The Year
    A beautiful poem about the cycle of life and death. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O Brian (1/1/2017 5:54:00 PM)


    There is nothing new under the sun. We just ask for grace for another year. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/1/2017 1:44:00 PM)


    Extraordinary poem by an extraordinary poet. There are multiple truths about life and this is one of them.... a particularly evocative one. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/1/2017 6:59:00 AM)


    The routine of a year. The future is similar to the past. Very nice poem with a nice flow and sweet rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2017 5:12:00 AM)

    tom allport
    it is what we do? we experience the years and we live the best we can. (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (1/1/2017 2:33:00 AM)


    Just loved the rhyme of this one... and the message is pure wisdom! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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