New Year

We start the year with winter colds

Pandemic makes us cower

And Scots went down to England

Hogmanay round Blackpool Tower


And New Year brings a load of gongs

To worthies left and right

Honi soit qui mal y pense

Order of Garter knight


And over in America

A guilty verdict met

With hints of further stuff enough

To cause a prince to sweat


Honours or shame the fashion now

Not much in between

Where life pours ordinary plenty

Now that’s a better scene


A pint of ordinary plenty

Can see us through the day

The joy in every simple thing

A child again at play


Brian Fahy

1 January 2022


+ Thanks to Patrick Kavanagh and his poem ‘Advent’ for helping us to see the joy in simple things.


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