I'm pensive at this New Year's dawn,
I wish my heart felt light,
It's hard to celebrate and cheer,
When world peace seems out of sight.
I am seventy-one this year,
I'd hoped that I might see,
A new year when I'd really feel,
A sense of revelry!
What joy if only hatred ceased,
And terror stopped its spread,
And each new year brought hope,
And a bright outlook ahead!!
Much of the world is suffering,
Each day, worse than the last,
I wish our resolutions could,
Make all this in the past.
I pray that in this year to come,
Our hearts will overflow,
In love and true compassion,
Towards those who need it so.
May all of us slow down a bit,
In the chaos and the strife,
And stop to breathe and cherish,
The treasures in this life.
Let's start at year's beginning,
To find some joy in every day,
To be a bit more loving,
In our own special way.
Best wishes to all for blessings
and peace in the new year.