Poems for New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve. A time for introspection, anticipation and good resolutions. Like breaking open a fortune cookie, who knows what the new year will bring?

To usher in the new year, here are a few photos of Sydney harbour, to be lit up by fireworks tonight. And a few lines from season-appropriate poems – I hope you like the haiku at the end.



For those quiet moments in a crazy-festive season, Old and New Year Ditties, Christina Rossetti

Watch with me, men, women, and children dear,
You whom I love, for whom I hope and fear,
Watch with me this last vigil of the year.
Some hug their business, some their pleasure-scheme;
Some seize the vacant hour to sleep or dream;
Heart locked in heart some kneel and watch apart.

For the midnight fireworks, these famous lines from In Memoriam, Lord Alfred Tennyson:

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Given the season here, also this from Emily Dickinson:

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie —
True Poems flee —

And come New Year’s Day, this haiku from Kobayashi Issa may be quite apt:

New Year’s Day —
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.



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24 thoughts on “Poems for New Year’s Eve

  1. Matt 31 December 2013 at 10:16 am Reply

    Love the fortune cookie metaphor and the poems! Have a great new year! 🙂

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:17 am Reply

      Thanks Matt, happy new year! Can’t wait to see what’s inside the fortune cookie. 🙂

  2. {Main St. Cuisine} 31 December 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

    This is the best post I’ve read this evening (I’ll be sharing the haiku with a friend of mine). I’m forgetting that you are a day ahead than here in the US, so happy new year and enjoy the festivities. Our new year’s plans will be quiet and rather tame,..and spent inside the movie theatre with my boys!

    Best wishes!

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:19 am Reply

      Hope you enjoyed your new year, I was watching new coverage of the party in Times Square, crazy!!
      I’m glad you liked the poems!

  3. Johnny Hepburn 31 December 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Love that lead-in photo. Great vantage point. Enjoy the fireworks!

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:20 am Reply

      We had an even better vantage point! That photo was from just before Christmas. Fireworks was amazing, despite minor technical glitches early in the evening, haha

  4. Gather and Graze 31 December 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

    A very Happy New Year to you! Have a great evening!

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:21 am Reply

      Happy new year! Can’t believe it’s 2014 already!

  5. Liz 31 December 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply

    What a wonderful collection of verses! Eclectic 🙂 Happy New Year’s to you–definitely a time for looking in. Which I’ll do for sure when my kids are out of the house, haha. Seems never a quiet moment with little ones around.

    Still envying you your beach moments. Brutal wicked cold here. Just the same, there’s plenty of good to go around. Thanks for being part of that good!

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:25 am Reply

      Happy new year Liz!!
      Funny that children here dream of white Christmases, while those that get snow dream about beach holidays. Time for a global holiday weather swap.

  6. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 31 December 2013 at 6:00 pm Reply

    Happy New Year to you and your family! I hope that 2014 is full of love and laughter 😀

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:25 am Reply

      Thanks Lorraine, same to you and yours!

  7. Ayesha (Miss Spicy Hat n' Sugar Socks) 31 December 2013 at 7:22 pm Reply

    lovely poems and perfect for new year! 🙂

  8. Jody and Ken 1 January 2014 at 3:10 am Reply

    Lovely photos and sentiment. Thanks for the reminder about Christina Rossetti. Didn’t much care for her in my I-love-edgy-transgressive days, but I should go back and reread her now that I’m a bit more seasoned. Issa is a god! (And I notice you’ve chosen one of his poems that you can print in a public forum. 🙂 ) He makes a place at his table for all the dark emotions – loneliness, regret, longing – while puncturing the clichéd “Zen beauty” moments with a kind of “meh.” Truly brilliant. Ken

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:35 am Reply

      I’ve recently found Issa’s poems, and I’m hooked. Ah yes, back at university I was all for the intellectual, transgressive, anti-, post-, but now am reacquainting myself with some of the 19th century writers (still can’t read Wordsworth though..)
      Happy new year!

  9. yummychunklet 1 January 2014 at 4:29 am Reply

    Happy New Year!

  10. Karen 2 January 2014 at 2:43 am Reply

    Wishing you all the best in this new year.

  11. Sally 2 January 2014 at 5:14 am Reply

    Happy New Year – what a beautiful end to 2013.

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:36 am Reply

      Thank you, happy new year to you and yours!

  12. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories 2 January 2014 at 7:23 am Reply

    Just beautiful. I feel about average too =)

    • saucygander 2 January 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

      Haha, it can only get better from here! 😀

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