As 2015 slips inexorably towards the uncharted territory of a new year, it is difficult not to be caught up in the endless reviews of this year, resolutions for the next twelve months and all the hype that accompanies what is really just another day. But … there is something about moving into a new year that can renew your sense of optimism and hope, although this will undoubtedly be dimmed if you have recently lost a loved one.
If that is the case, then you will find that passing from an old year into a new year is incredibly difficult as you are moving into a new time and space that lacks the presence of the person or people you have lost.
It is a time which underlines loss and that can be particularly tough.
I wrote this poem as we approached 2006, the first New Year after losing James, when the raw loss was felt so acutely, and his presence in my thoughts at that time brought me great comfort.
Wishing everyone a healthy and peaceful 2016.
Step bravely forward into the New Year
Shrug off grief’s grey mantle of fear
Know that I shadow your every tread
Helping you to face whatever lies ahead
Hovering at the periphery of your sight
I am just out of view, a star in the dark night
Feel my breath in the sigh of the breeze
Learn that I am your mind’s true ease
Let sunlight brush the clouds from your vision
Place my thoughts into your daily decisions
Open the box of all our sweet memories
Listen to others when they share my stories
As you forge a path through complex days
Believe that I grow, in a safe, free place
My life is no more on this earth plane
Yet my soul lives on, to ease your pain.