New Year Poems

I could never get my Chanukah and/or Christmas cards out in time, so I started sending cards for the new year instead. Then I decided I liked it better—non-partisan, metaphorically rich. In 1980, I drew this picture, and used it as my card. The next year, I wrote a poem, illustrated it, and that became the card. Over the years, these yearly missives have become very precious to me, the emotional read-outs of my year in poetry and picture—the closest I’ll ever get to one of those xeroxed letters "what I did this year . . ."

New Year Poems

Pick A Poem:

Poem #37 - New Year Poem 2017-2018

ZEN RAGE FUN
(I Need My)



World gone mad--
Unhinged, unglued--
How ya' gonna cope?
What'cha gonna do?

I need my Zen
Don't want to stay there
Don't want to live there
Just go and come back again
But I need my Zen

And yet ...
And yet ...

I need my Rage
Don't want to stay there
Don't want to live there
Take action and then turn the page
I need my Rage

But, of course,
I need my Passion
What am I without my Passion?
Of them all, I need my zest
To work, to grow
To share, to love
To create, collaborate, advocate
Prepare, produce,
Push on

And yet ...
I need my Rage

And yet ...
I need my Zen

And yet ...

I need my Fun
Don't want to stay there
Don't want to live there
Just giggle, wallow,
And be done
I need my fun

I need my
Zen Rage Fun
Zen Rage Passion Fun
Rage Passion Zen Fun
Passion ... Passion ...
Zen Rage Fun

December, 2017 - January, 2018
Shellen Lubin