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NEW YEAR POEMS

Poems to Help Celebrate New Year

Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right. ~ Oprah Winfrey

It is the end of a year and the beginning of a new one! It is an opportunity to make a fresh start. Some people like to make New Year resolutions to achieve a new goal in their life. Poetry is a good way to reflect on the past year and to celebrate the beginning of a new one. New Year poems are a great way to wish Happy New Year to friends and family, include them in a card, or to accompany a hostess gift or read as a blessing before a meal.

A Brighter, Better New Year

Happy, Happy New Year!
We wish you all the best,
Great work to reach your fondest goals,
And when you’re done, sweet rest.

We hope for your fulfillment,
Contentment, peace and more,
A brighter, better New Year than
You’ve ever had before.

~ Joanna Fuchs

This poem is less well-known but paints a lovely picture of what we might wish our friends and loved ones
as we enter the New Year

New Year

May you have enough happiness to keep you happy.
Enough trials to keep you strong.
Enough sorrow to keep you human.
Enough hope to keep you thoughtful.
Enough failure to keep you humble.
Enough success to keep you eager.
Enough friends to give you comfort.
Enough faith and courage in yourself to banish depression.
Enough wealth to meet your daily needs.
Enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday.

They'd make some great words for a New Years toast!


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A New Year's Wish

May each day bring thee something
Fair to hold in memory--
Some true light to shine
Upon thee in the after days.
May each night bring thee peace,
As when the dove broods o'er
The young she loves; may day
And night the circle of
A rich experience weave
About thy life, and make
It rich with knowledge, but radiant
With Love, whose blossoms shall be
Tender deeds.

~ Helen Van Anderson Gordon (b. 1859)

Poem New Year

Christmas may be over,
the stockings put away.
The chocolate and the cookies
enjoyed every single day.

Now the New Year's coming,
all hurry on their way,
to live their busy lives,
no more thoughts of Santa's sleigh.

Although the season's come and go,
and Holidays have their cheer,
The Spirit of Christ can stay in out hearts,
to warm and bless all near.

I hope you had a merry Christmas,
full of the Christmas Spirit,
but more than that I hope your year
has much happiness and love in it!

~ Diane Bohn

New Year Blessing

At the sound of the tolling midnight bell
a brand new year will begin.
Let's raise our hopes in a confident toast,
to the promise it ushers in.

May your battles be few, your pleasures many,
your wishes and dreams fulfilled.
May your confidence stand in the face of loss
and give you the strength to rebuild.

May peace of heart fill all your days
may serenity grace your soul.
May tranquil moments bless your life
and keep your spirit whole.

Here are a couple of favourite New Year Poems and Readings.

A Song for New Year's Eve

Stay yet, my friends, a moment stay—
Stay till the good old year,
So long companion of our way,
Shakes hands, and leaves us here.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One little hour, and then away.

The year, whose hopes were high and strong,
Has now no hopes to wake;
Yet one hour more of jest and song
For his familiar sake.
Oh stay, oh stay,
One mirthful hour, and then away.

The kindly year, his liberal hands
Have lavished all his store.
And shall we turn from where he stands,
Because he gives no more?
Oh stay, oh stay,
One grateful hour, and then away.

Days brightly came and calmly went,
While yet he was our guest;
How cheerfully the week was spent!
How sweet the seventh day's rest!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One golden hour, and then away.

Dear friends were with us, some who sleep
Beneath the coffin-lid:
What pleasant memories we keep
Of all they said and did!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One tender hour, and then away.

Even while we sing, he smiles his last,
And leaves our sphere behind.
The good old year is with the past;
Oh be the new as kind!
Oh stay, oh stay,
One parting strain, and then away.

~ William Cullen Bryant

Welcome, New Year

Welcome the New Year,
Let the bells ring!
Lift up your voices;
Everyone sing!

The New Year's beginning;
Start it off right.
Bid it good fortune
And welcome tonight.

The Old Year is passing,
But there's none to mourn.
We are rejoicing;
The New Year is born!

~ Nona Keen Duffy

Well, the countdown has started,
the holidays have arrived,
with Christmas over a new beginning is in sight -
January 1st, out with the old, in with the new!

New Year Resolutions

Just think think think
Of things you can do
To make yourself better
Before the years through

Resolutions can be tough,
Or simple as can be,
Making resolutions,
Are great for you and me!

So what will you promise,
To help yourself my dear,
Through (insert year)
Have a happy new year!

~ Mrs Khan

You will probably be familiar with the tune of this old favourite, Auld Lang Syne,
but do you know all the words?

Auld Lang Syne, A Poem for New Year

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
And here's a hand, my trusty friend
And gie's a hand o' thine
We'll tak' a cup o' kindness yet
For auld lang syne

~ Robert Burns


Many thanks to David Boyce from South Wales
for submitting the following poem:-

New Years Eve

This is the last day of the year
they call it new years eve
look back at all the memories
this year you’re going to leave

Some you will cherish always
and keep for all it’s worth
because someone close to you
has been gifted with a birth

Some others you wish to forget
but know you never will
for someone close passed over
and some were never ill

Some will be very pleasant
and close to your heart
sit down and list the good things
back to january make a start

So when you feel unhappy
in the new upcoming year
sit down and read your memories
and smile from ear to ear

Don’t ponder on the bad things now
only tears will be shed
for tomorrow is a new start
a new year is ahead

Fresh New Year

Another fresh New Year is here...
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love, and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest...
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

~ William Arthur Ward

Prayer for the New Year

Grant me the strength from day to day
To bear what burdens come my way.
Grant me throughout this bright New Year
More to endure and less to fear.
Help me to live that I may be
From spite and petty malice free.
Let me not bitterly complain
When cherished hopes of mine prove vain,
Or spoil with deeds of hate and rage
Some fair tomorrow's spotless page.
Lord, as the days shall come and go
In courage let me stronger grow.

Lord, as the New Year dawns today
Help me to put my faults away.
Let me be big in little things;
Grant me the joy which friendship brings.
Keep me from selfishness and spite;
Let me be wise in what is right.
A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye.
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I've played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.

~ Edgar A. Guest

A New Years Prayer

May I be a healing energy,
May I be a benefit to all,
May my life enrich others,
May I know what matters,
And live in harmony with nature

~ Abby Willowroot

Happy New Year 2017

May two thousand and seventeen, be happy and great,
As many will party, and stay out late.
To ring in the year, with bubbly and cheer,
With hugs and kisses, and frothy cold beer.

Keep safe and be merry, and have a great night,
Don't drink and drive, or get in a fight,
Open your heart, and let in the light,
With the blessing of God, the future looks bright

~ Bill Hoeneveld

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