2018 Hopeful New Year

This afternoon, I was thankful to savor a sacred pause in the company of a wise friend with whom I hadn't visited in a while. We welcomed our pre-New Year's hike, and the crisp air was restorative. Wishing you & your loves a Hopeful New Year. 

another Very Jersey Holiday has come and gone
like the Miracle of Christmas.
i return to the ice-covered lake
freshly frozen and still --
i feel *Trust*
even when 2017 has brought monstrous social damage
and gut wrenching heartache
whilst in the thick of what burbles beneath 
the depths of the benumbed wintry sheet
i find *Courage*
to break through to a more *Hopeful* New Year