New Year’s Day, 2022: The Promise of Light
If I could, I’d share the river dawn,
a gift, not of quiet, but peace
to listen to the moon’s farewell song
and the echo of stars in gull laughter,
the dream dance of joy
across the universe.
Then tell it, you word-woman,
the Oracle says,
trust this time,
this time, see how time
is a thousand universes,
and believe you belong always
a part, a voice within her heart-voice–
remember the ever-language blue-shifting
in nightglow, in sun-smile,
in stellar rhapsody
the promise of light.
On this dark, foggy New Year’s Day morning, I decided to ask the Oracle for a New Year’s message, and she’s reminded me that the universe goes on no matter what and that there’s light behind the clouds. She also pretty much ordered me to write (see below), so I’m hoping this is a sign that I will have a good year of writing. I’m thankful for all of you who read my work. This has been a very long year. Stay healthy! Happy New Year!
Sharing this with dVerse Open Link Night because on this solemn day we need the hope of some light.
You have written a wonderful message for the day to capture current feelings accompanied by hope … and you selected a great image to accompany your words. Happy New Year, Merril. May 2022 bring you and yours much light.
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Frank. I appreciate your kind words. Happy New Year to you, too.
Feeling the peace in your poem and oracle.
Thank you very much! I’m pleased you did.
Happy New Year, Merril!!
“Then tell it, you word-woman . . . ” What a rallying cry from the Oracle!! 😀
Thank you very much, Liz.
I know, right? That’s why I included the tiles to show I’m not making it up. 😀
Happy New Year to you!
You’re welcome, Merril. 😀
such a lovely way to welcome in the new –
Thank you so much, Beth!
Thank you, Derrick. 😏
I’m not pleased you have your orders from the Oracle, Merril: I think you should obey! 😉
You’re not pleased? But, yes, I wouldn’t dare go against her! 😀
What??? That must be a typo! I’m so sorry! Of course I meant to say I was pleased 😅 how embarrassing 🙈
I thought maybe you thought she was bullying me. 🤣 Don’t worry–I know I’ve made those mistakes, too.
🤣 so long as you understood! I’m so tired, perhaps I need to start again in the morning… 😅
I tend to bottom out by afternoon, so I understand. 😀
Dear word-woman, here’s to more telling in 2022! 😀
Thank you so much, Marian.
And the same for you! 😀
Beautiful! Happy New Year, Merril!
Thank you, Charlotte. Happy New Year to you!
You work so well together, the Oracle and you. Love this piece.
Thank you so much! Happy New Year!
You are a word-woman! And if the Oracle says to write and share, then share and write you must. We, and I’m sure I speak for all of us, love that you do.
This is a beautiful New Year message! Always look for the light.
Happy New Year to you and Doug and your family!
Thank you so much, Dale. Much appreciated! 💙
My pleasure! 🧡
Love your compound words, and the Oracle nudging you—word-woman! This is a really great collaboration 🙂
Thank you so much! It’s pretty hard to ignore that, isn’t it? 🤣
She doesn’t tell us things just so we ignore them 🙂
You’re right. 😀
I loved this, Merril. Oracle is so wise. The universe does go on no matter how we respond. I say respond with peace, light and hope. I can’t change the craziness in the world, but I don’t have to allow it to extinguish my light. Happy New Year! xo
Thank you so much, Jill. Wise words from you, too.
BTW, we had a family Zoom last night, and we were talking about puzzles, and I thought of you. Daughter and son-in-law did that million dollar puzzle.
That looks like a fun puzzle. I’m sure they enjoyed it. I love to hear about fellow puzzlers. 🙂
They’re not usual puzzlers, and daughter said doing puzzles stresses her. 🤣 But they won 25 cents and a toy car, and bought two more of those puzzles.
Happy New Year, Merril!
I adore this message, and I will be here to read you! 💙🎉🕊
Thank you so much, Resa! Happy New Year!💙💙
Happy New Year!💙💙
Lovely! Happy New Year! Wishing you all good things in the coming days…thank you for the gift of your poetry that we get to enjoy all year long! 🙂
That’s so kind, Linda. Thank you so much, and happy new year to you!
Trust the Oracle, Merril, you word-woman! May you have a bounty of writing this year and may it all be read far and wide 🙂
Aww–thank you so much, Marie!
The promise of light captures my heart
How lovely, Paul. I’m pleased it does. Thank you!
Indeed, a wonderful message to convey! May we all have a good year ahead for writing! 🙂
Thank you so much! 😀
This is so beautiful and mystical in a way, especially with that beginning:
“If I could, I’d share the river dawn,
a gift, not of quiet, but peace
to listen to the moon’s farewell song”
Just so good. Lines like that just stir my mind’s eye, and it’s a swirl of the abstract in night here with how I’m imagining it. Keep writing on, word-woman. If it’s anyone’s superpower, it’s yours!
Hoping for a good year ahead. 2022 has a lot of time to unveil that potential and good things (and of course, there will be trying times, but hopefully some good things will come that are different than the past two years). Wishing you and yours a great start to the new year, Merril. 😀
Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Lucy. It is so strange how the Magnetic Poetry Oracle always seems to know what’s going on. But also, this time the direct order to write! 🤣
Have you tried the magnetic tiles? I sometimes go there to the Oracle just to get an idea.
So far, 2022 needs to work a bit harder, but hopefully good things will come for us all. I hope you have a wonderful new year, too!
Uplifting piece to set us on our way Merrill, full of stellar lines and sensibility.
I especially liked:’the echoes of stars in gulls laughter’ – Thank you…
Thank you, Scott.
Love your reachin’ high for a great OLN, bravo Merril! 🙂✌🏼❤️
Thank you, Rob.
Word-woman! Indeed, you are. Love it.
Thank you so much! 😀
You hooked me in with all the lovely promises in the first stanza. Light shines through your words. It is frustrating when so much darkness could have been avoided. Hang in there, word woman.
Thank you very much, Mish!
I had an oracle once, but the oracle vanished the day after I met My Beloved Sandra…Hmmm…
Well, Ok then. 😀
“see how time
is a thousand universes,”
I loved this. Time, the oracle. Fascinating subjects and beautiful poem.
Thank you so much! Much appreciated.
This is the essence of the poetic voice– I know all the words, but you’ve put them together in a way that makes you see them freshly. Excellent.
Thank you so for this lovely comment. I truly appreciate it!
Yes, the promise of light. Thanks for the hopeful words.
Thank you, Ali.
“and the echo of stars in gull laughter,”…..brilliant! JIM
Thank you so much!
The Oracle knows you well.
the promise of light…..let it be so!