Psalm 68

The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year
But we should have a new soul – G K Chesterton

Not in the tick of a clock
Nor the shout of the crowd
Neither tightening will

But here
Right here

In the simple return of
Breath

The resolute turn to
Reality

The ever-present
Moment

Here

Where a card turns

&
A man stands sturdy at midnight
The full moon floats
Trees rustle

Here

Midnight is forever
Moon illumines mind
Leaves run free

Here

In the evolving heart

New Year

Begins

Kevin Moran 3/1/10

Whakapapa: On New Year’s Day 2010 I asked the I Ching: ‘How I should approach 2010?’ I shuffled the 64 Tao Oracle cards: came up with card 20. Hexagram 20 is ‘Contemplation’. The card pictures a man, at night, on a solitary path, amid trees, gazing at a full moon. The card says: ‘gaining overview, detached observation, increased understanding, solitude, integration through reflection.’ I wrote the poem in the light of this card & around the question ‘Where does New Year begin?’ I was especially mindful of the place of the moon in contemplation (also in poetry & healing).The moon is a symbol of the feminine: of intuitive, connective, creative, earthy, felt, wisdom.

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