Friday, December 31, 2021

Poetry for the End of the Year

I've been wondering how to mark the end of 2021, and this poem seemed to express what I had in mind.

In Any Event
by Dorianne Laux

If we are fractured
we are fractured
like stars
bred to shine
in every direction,
through any dimension,
billions of years
since and hence.

I shall not lament
the human, not yet.
There is something
more to come, our hearts
a gold mine
not yet plumbed,
an uncharted sea.

Nothing is gone forever.
If we came from dust
and will return to dust
then we can find our way
into anything.

What we are capable of
is not yet known,
and I praise us now,
in advance.


You can read more about the poet here.
Laux, Dorianne. "In Any Event." How to Love the World, edited by James Crews, Storey Publishing, 2021, p. 10.
May your New Year be filled with peace, mindfulness, good health, and the promise of more to come, along with some poetry as this year winds down. 


  1. What a perfect, beautiful poem.
    Happy New Year, Bonny. XO

  2. Kym is right, this is the perfect poem for NY's Eve. If we are setting our intent today for the new year, I could not come up with a better one. Let's march forward wisely into the next chapter knowing we can do whatever we need to do, enjoying whatever we can along the way, and remembering our blessings. Thank you, Bonny, for getting me off to a mindful new year.

  3. This feels like such a perfect poem for any New Year's Eve but perhaps even more perfect for this particular one. We are fractured, but we still have hope.

    I wish you health, happiness, and lots of poetry in the new year to come.

  4. Oh yes! Echoing everyone else - this is a perfect poem for today/tonight. Happy New Year Bonny! Wishing you much joy and health in the coming year(s).

  5. Wishing you, John and the boys a very happy, healthy, and prosperous (in all its forms) new year.

  6. What a beautiful poem for New Year's Eve. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

    1. Thank you, Debbie! I hope 2022 brings much happiness and good health to you and your family.

  7. I agree that this poem is perfect for the ending of the year. Happy New Year and here's to a peaceful, healthy, and FUN 2022.

  8. What a lovely poem. I have heard of the poet but I don't think I've ever read any of her poems. I am going to change that in 2022. Happy New Year to you and yours. I wish you peace, love, and light.

  9. Wow... this poem is so wonderful! (I have printed it out and added it to my journal!)

    Thank you so much for sharing! Happy New Year!


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