Friday, December 30, 2011

In Limbo

It’s a tug-of-war of sorts to me

This holding on and letting go

Caught twixt the ache of history

And warm anticipation’s glow

The old year, like a crumpled ball

Of paper, rolls beneath our feet

We hear the bells of midnight toll

A farewell-greeting, bitter-sweet

Within our hearts, within our pen

Memory and expectation blend

Time does not seek applause from men

And it is neither foe nor friend

Ring out the old, ring in the new

Four seasons worth of living wait

For as we bid the old adieu

A virgin Year slips through Time’s gate

Janet Martin


  1. This is beautiful, Janet. Yes, this is the time of year when memories and expectations blend...I think sometimes I feel a bit torn between both..sort of like Janus. I loved your last line; and I do hear your bells ringing! I envision crystal bells!

  2. Mary, I like your vision;))
    Thank-you for your support in this past year.

  3. A piece which is very strong in its form and structure with many interesting images, like that of the virgin year in the final lines.

  4. I like the contrasts in your lines like a farewell-greeting, bitter sweet, neither foe nor friend ~

    Lovely thoughts ~

    Wishing you the best for the new year ~

  5. Thank-you Grace,

    Wishing you a blessed New Year.

  6. a great strong form!! loving the flow and rhythm - so many good descriptions too "the old year, like a crumpled ball Of paper, rolls beneath our feet" - ahh good stuff! great response! nice!

  7. Time does not seek applause from men

    Some awesome thoughts and flow going on here.

  8. Great rhythm in this one, some wonderful images. I especially loved "a farewell greeting, bitter-sweet" and the image of the Virgin year slipping through time's gate. Wonderful writing.

  9. Beautifully written.
    I love the image from the last line.

  10. Thank-you all for visiting and for your kind thoughts!

    Happy New Year!

  11. Delightfully done. I love this poem. Lilting and lovely and true.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  12. Excellent in every way. Musical, metrical, well constructed rhyme scheme. Thank you.

  13. Lyrical and beautiful with so many charming notes! Well Done~
    I loved it!
    Happy New Year!

  14. Thank-you Ella, Happy New Year to you as well!


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