Our Year


Despite the appearances

we have no cause for despair

no need to count misfortunes

no point in bemoaning this year

no value in fearing what’s to come


Do we really believe

that with all we possess within

and all we’ve gained and achieved

we are somehow in worse straits

than our ancestors found themselves in?


Yes, new threats and new dangers

but also new springs of creation,

new understandings, insights, changes,

new energies of transformation

crossing from a timeless sphere


To us, here in this year, alive

at the threshold of what is to be,

free to enter the tide of light

that is ever surviving,

ever arriving.


Jeffrey Agnoli is an educator and poet who lives in Edgartown. His illustrated book of poems, “God’s Silent Bell,” can be viewed on the website blurb.com