New Year Resolve / To Shove Away The Clutter / To Come Back to Still Water


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.

~ May Sarton, “New Year Resolve” from Collected Poems, 1930-1993




  1. Happy New Year!

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  2. Love, love, love this piece every time I read it. Isn’t Mimi a wonder? Love her, too. Thx for sharing again, DK. May 2016 be a blessed year for all…

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  3. So beautiful dear David Thank you, Happy New Year, Love, nia

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  4. omg. I love this. Happy New Year ❤

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  5. LOVE this. What a wonderful reminder for every year … and every morning 💛

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  6. I hope you can do so too…there’s nothing wrong with enjoying what you have but striving to get what you want..and clutter only gets in the way. Happy New Year!

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  7. Have a wonderful New Year. Looking forward to more insights and openings. – Your friends at DogDaz Zoo

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  8. Happy new year, David!

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  9. and just float.

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  10. beautiful and Perfect

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  11. Peggy Farrell says:

    Love this. Happy New Year, Dave!

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  12. The silence in this image is inviting. I’ll take it.

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  1. […] you to David Kanigan for sharing May Sarton’s , “New Year Resolve,” which, according to his blog post, Kanigan discovered back in 2012, on another blog entitled,  Waiting for the Karma Truck, […]

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