Thursday, December 30, 2010

Alphabe Thursday - A New Year Dawns - December 30, 2010

As the old year wanes, I'm pensive,
And I hope I did my part,
To pause along the way,
And to open up my heart.

When someone was in need,
I pray I stopped a while,
To do a little kindness,
With understanding and a smile.

Though the year was not so easy,
Many fared far worse than me.
Did I try to nurture others,
When they struggled helplessly?

Did I say, "I love you,"
To those for whom I care?
Or did I assume they knew it,
Because they're always there.

Am I a better person,
As the year draws to its end?
Am I loyal, kind and loving,
The sort one would call a friend?

I am running out of new years,
And my hair is turning gray,
I have to realize my dreams,
Without a minute of delay.

With the chiming clock at midnight,
I'll raise my glass in cheer,
Make the most of every second,
In the brand new fledgling year!

Happy 2011 to all my family and friends!.

Carmen Henesy

Copyright (c) Carmen Henesy
December 30, 2010

I am participating in Jenny Matlock's Alphabe Thursday - join in the fun!



  1. Wonderful, thoughtful poem. Happy New Year!

  2. Wonderful! This will be great to pray through.

  3. Such a beautiful poem!

    Happy New Year to you..

  4. Yes, we all have dreams to fulfill before the clock runs out of time!
    Happy New Year!

  5. Wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year! Nan

  6. Very nice poeme ! I also lift my glass to you to wish you a happy New Year !

  7. Love this, Carmen!

    Thanks for the inspiration...


  8. Wishing you health and happiness (especially health) in the coming year.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. wish you a very happy and prosperous new year and a good health all the year through till this world last. Priyanka.

  10. creative new year entry..
    well done.

    Happy 2011.
    stay blessed.

  11. Hello, fellow wine consumer and wearer of vivid holiday sweaters! I enjoyed the poem immensely, and I'm now waddling forth for a good thorough tour of your gray matter.

  12. Marvelous poem! Happy New Year dear lady!!

  13. Happy New Year my friend, love your poem....Hugs

  14. The fountain of the desire.
    The fountain of the happiness.

    They will spring out eternally.
    In your heartwarming inside...

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you.

  15. Anonymous4:00 PM

    A promise in the making.

    Please have you all a wonderful start into the new year.

    daily athens

  16. What a sweet poem. Happy New Year!

  17. Happy New Year, Miss Carmen. What a lovely poem:)

    Before you know it, it will be Feb. and we'll be back up north... can't wait for that!

  18. We sure are running out of new years! Great thoughts though. Let's make every one count.

  19. What a wonderful New Year's poem! Hope 2011 sees all those dreams realized!

  20. Beautiful poem! Happy 11 Carmen.

  21. Wonderful poem Carmen! I have a feeling you were very kind to everyone you met this year and brightened many a person's day with your cheerful smile!

    A very happy and healthy new year to you and your family! Many new blessings be yours in 2011!

    {{ hugs}}}

  22. That's such a great way to greet oneself and the concerned. Thank you Carmen! My best wishes for you for the new year :)

  23. that is a beautiful oem to wind up the year and look forward to the new one!
    I look forward to seeing you in India in the new year!!


  24. Happy new year, Carmen, bon any nou. Kisses!

  25. Viki -
    Best wishes to you as the new year rings in!

    JDaniel4's Mom -
    Each year grows more interesting with a youngster in your life!

    ★Mumsy★ -
    I'm happy you liked my New Year's wishes for much joy in 2011!

    Pondside -
    At least, we have a brand new year to accomplish anything we didn't in 2010!

    NanE -
    Happy to have you visit. Happy wishes for you
    in 2011.

    Gattina -
    Cheers to you as well as we ring in the new year.

    Sue -
    I am happy you liked my poem. I'm always hopeful at the start of a new year. I hope this one will be better for me than 2010.

    Kay L.Davies -
    I had two hospital stays this year...let's hope I won't see the inside of one in 2011! Happy New Year to you!

    Priyanka Bhowmick -
    My Indian friend, I hope to see you in your country in 2011!

    Jingle -
    I hope our creative juices continue to flow in the new year!!!

    Life in Rehab -
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I wish you a wonderful 2011.

    tiana -
    I'm glad you liked my poem. Happiness and health in the year to come and many good times!

    Bernie -
    I imagine you'll have a pretty cold and snowy new year in Alberta! Stay warm and safe.

    ruma -
    Blessings to you in the year to come. I look forward to your incredible photography!

    ρομπερτ -
    May 2011 be filled with all you desire, Robert!

    Judie -
    I am so glad you liked my New Year's poem. May 2011 be a year of much happiness for you.

    Sony Holland -
    My New Year's can never be as happy as they are when I'm listening to you sing Auld Lang Syne. I miss you!

    Sharkbytes (TM) -
    One thing that makes my new years better now is that I've met you! That's a definite improvement.

    Teresa -
    I am pleased that you like my poem!! Thanks for
    stopping by my blog. Happy New Year!

    Shiju Sugunan -
    If you keep filling our world with your wonderful photography, that will add so much to the year to come.

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti -
    Imagine, you came to California twice in 2010. If you're back in San Francisco, I must meet you, though! I wonder if I'll ever make it to
    New York again.

    Bhavesh Chhatbar -
    It's been such a pleasure knowing you through this blogging world and I do hope 2011 will find us meeting in person.

    magiceye -
    I just have to get to India in 2011 - with my luck, they'll do away with frequent flyer miles and I'll really be in trouble!! Keep your fingers crossed.

    Josep -
    My good friend in Catalonia, I am sad that, not once in 2010, did I see Barcelona or have the opportunity to meet you and I am afraid that it might not ever happen. Thankfully, I feel like we have come to know each other via the internet and that is a blessing. Happiness to you in the year to come - and for a lifetime.

  26. Hi Carmen! Have a Happy and Successful New Year!! Wish you all the best!!
    Horus and Sobek wait for you at Kom Ombo. Enjoy!

  27. "I am running out of new years" is the most poignant of lines, Carmen. The questions you pose in this poem are worthy of great consideration. Thank you for challenging me to examine my own behavior toward others and to reach out for my dreams.
    Happy New Year, Carmen! Leaving the old behind, looking forward, and pressing on.

  28. Let's accept my glass of wine.


    Happy New Year.

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  30. happy new year
    beautiful poem
    about life

  31. Every year I asked myself the same, hopefully I am a better person, hopefully I pushed a little more out of my comfort zone. I can totally relate.

  32. Natalia Voghjounian7:24 AM


  33. Cute poem! Happy New Year to you too!

  34. Trotter -
    I look forward to visiting Egypt with you in the New year!

    Enchanted Oak -
    Once I get packed and move from this house the end of Feb, I may be living in my van for a few months. I may just head down to to L. A. to visit friends and stop of in SLO to say hello to you. Life will certainly change for me in the new year.

    rainfield61 -
    I toasted you at midnight with a nice glass of chardonnay - I was all by my lonesome at home but it was just fine!

    sm -
    I'm glad you liked my New Year's poem. The nicest thing about the arrival of 2011 was hearing from so many of my Indian friends.

    Rocky Mountain Woman -
    Stay warm and cozy these first days of the new year!

    Self Sagacity -
    I guess we always have to challenge ourselves a bit but I know you never come up lacking, Amanda.

    Natalia Voghjounian -
    You are the best, my Royal Caribbean beauty.

    The Retired One -
    I'm happy you liked my poem. Now I need to work on one for Valentine's Day!

  35. Carmen, I loved this. What wonderful reminders of how we should live each day of our lives.

    This post is both thoughtful and thought provoking.

    I vow to do all these aspects of my life.

    Thank you for linking.

    Sending you warm wishes for a 2011 filled with joy, discovery, grace and adventure.

  36. Dear Carmen, what a wonderful poem. I echo your sentiments. Thank you for leading us on to reflect about how we have lived our life so far. Beautiful reminder! I almost missed it, thank you for sharing the link in my blog! I raise my glass to love, life and friendship and more wonderful blogging years to come! *cheers*