“For it is now or not…”

New Year Resolve

The time has come
To stop allowing the clutter
To clutter my mind
Like dirty snow,
Shove it off and find
Clear time, clear water.

Time for a change,
Let silence in like a cat
Who has sat at my door
Neither wild nor strange
Hoping for food from my store
And shivering on the mat.

Let silence in.
She will rarely speak or mew,
She will sleep on my bed
And all I have ever been
Either false or true
Will live again in my head.

For it is now or not
As old age silts the stream,
To shove away the clutter,
To untie every knot,
To take the time to dream,
To come back to still water.

“New Year Resolve” by May Sarton, from Collected Poems 1930-1993. © W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.

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2 Responses to ““For it is now or not…””

  1. I’ll trade you a soulful May Sarton for an awakened Thich Nhat Hanh:
    “You have been running your whole life and it has gotten you nowhere. Allow yourself to arrive…to truly arrive.”
    Was reading that just before I saw your blog today. It was a good day for mindfulness.

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