Bling bashes, jamboree glows
Night-long indulgences, countdown craziness
The extravagant welcoming of a new year—
What are we celebrating?
The growth, the experience
The journey of a year lived…
Yay yay the celebration!
Our blessed self of the twelfth
Not the same entity that entered the year in the first…
Oh! Doesn’t that call for merrymaking!
Weeks, all fifty-two of them—
The hits and misses, highs and lows
Gains and losses, births and deaths
To all this… a toast!
Three hundred, five and sixty days—
Each a unique one as each night fell
Survived the vibrant, the placid
The agonizing, the bad-haired one
The ones we faced with strength
The ones that strengthen us
Rounds of celebratory cheers to all that!
But most importantly
Is there brought to a closure
The pain, the grief, the dismal, the defeats
The partings, the bitings, the silences, the sharpness
The unforgivable stories?
If yes be the answer that the heart says, then
Jive into a celebration like none other, for
The fairy dust of forgiveness will emit sparklers of joy
Peace will flow like abundant wine
Love will satiate your hungry belly
And heartfelt good tidings will light up cheery smiles.
This, my dear, is the party you should be in… This, my dear, is how you must toast the new year in!
About the author –
Vidya Shankar is a poet, writer, blogger, motivational speaker, budding mandala artist, yoga enthusiast, and English language teacher with experience in instructional designing and content development. An active member of poetry circles, her works have appeared in national and international literary platforms and anthologies. She is the recipient of literary awards and recognitions.
Vidya Shankar’s first book of poems, The Flautist of Brindaranyam is a collaborative effort with her photographer husband, Shankar Ramakrishnan. Her second book of poems The Rise of Yogamaya is an effort to create awareness about mental health. She has also been on the editorial of three anthologies.
Vidya Shankar is a “book” with the Human Library, Chennai Chapter, and she also gives motivational talks at open mics. Today she lives a life of purpose by using the power of her words, both written and spoken, to create awareness about environmental issues, mental health, and the need to break the shackles of an outdated society.
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