New Year Resolve

by May Sarton

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.

please note: photo by by Carol J. Phipps


  1. Happy New Year Tidings. Always a pleasure to drop by. Lovely poem. You have the knack of finding them.

  2. Happy new year and thank you for the lovely Poem...I had forgetten how much I love May Sarton

  3. How lovely - and how helpful this Sarton poem is. Thanks kindly. Best wishes for your own busy life to have restorative pools of silence.

  4. It really is now or not... Happy new year!

  5. Perfect. I needed this. Will post this poem at Clutterquake soon. Many thanks.


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