My Special Guest tonight is…

Helen Hunt Jackson and New Year’s Morning

Mrs Jackson was born in 1830 in Massachusetts. An American poet and writer, she became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the United States government.

The first book wrote and published under her own name was called ‘A Century of Dishonor’, condemning state and federal Indian policies. She recounted a history of broken treaties and called for significant reform in government policy towards them.

As this is my first guest appearance of the New Year it had to of course be New Year related, so during my search, which I must say seemed difficult, I found this lovely verse. It says a lot about out with the old and in with the new.

New Year’s Morning

Only a night from old to new!
Only a night, and so much wrought!
The Old Year’s heart all weary grew,
But said: The New Year rest has brought.”
The Old Year’s hopes its heart laid down,
As in a grave; but trusting, said:
“The blossoms of the New Year’s crown
Bloom from the ashes of the dead.”
The Old Year’s heart was full of greed;
With selfishness it longed and ached,
And cried: “I have not half I need.
My thirst is bitter and unslaked.
But to the New Year’s generous hand
All gifts in plenty shall return;
True love it shall understand;
By all y failures it shall learn.
I have been reckless; it shall be
Quiet and calm and pure of life.
I was a slave; it shall go free,
And find sweet pace where I leave strife.”

Only a night from old to new!
Never a night such changes brought.
The Old Year had its work to do;
No New Year miracles are wrought.

Always a night from old to new!
Night and the healing balm of sleep!
Each morn is New Year’s morn come true,
Morn of a festival to keep.
All nights are sacred nights to make
Confession and resolve and prayer;
All days are sacred days to wake
New gladness in the sunny air.
Only a night from old to new;
Only a sleep from night to morn.
The new is but the old coem true;
Each sunrise sees a new year born.

Out With the Old… In With the New

Welcome; welcome my blogging Chums, whadda you think? Liking it? I do. A redecorated blog for the New Year and I got it up and running for my 1st year anniversary.

Not bad for someone who’s not very tech savvy eh.

So how about a blog warming party, WhooHoo!! Yeah come on in and mingle, let’s get to know each other. Add you’re blog name in the comments and get this party started. No profanities though Peeps, I can cope with a bit of bad language but lets be nice with each other.

For me this year it’s very much of the same thing. I’ve been lucky to have posted every day for the past few weeks. I’ve been able to do that because it hasn’t all been my work. This year I’d like to try and provide a bit more quality to my blog. I’ll keep up with my guest posts; after all they’ve been very successful. I’m real glad you’ve liked them.

For my work, I want to spend a little extra time writing. To help me with that and work around ‘life’ I’m going back to posting every few days. I’d rather give you quality reading over quantity product, so I hope you’ll understand and stick around. I so love your company and joining in with your comments.

This reminds me, if my lack of interaction has been noticed, I apologise. This last week or so I’ve been enjoying some time off and trying to get my blog sorted. But I’m back so let’s get all arty farty and inspired together.

Also a quick BTW, I’m thinking of pulling together a, um… collection of poems; unpublished poems. I’m not gonna call it a book, more like a possible manuscript but I’m more than happy to take any advice you may have. Of course any editors or authors out there that happen to read this don’t forget I’m the Mush from the Hill.