Monday, January 02, 2006
at 9:58 AM
The bells are a-clamor, chimes have been loosed, there is
a banquet of Hosannas in the air.
We have endured endless peaks of pain and valleys of
loneliness; We have lost beloved’s we could not live
without; yet we have lived.
We have encountered unforgivable cruelty; yet we have
forgiven. Yet we have been forgiven.
We have survived, flourished, and thrived with passion,
compassion, humor and style. We have been fortunate
Now we stand, heavy laden, before a great gate which
leads to the rest of all time.
It swings ajar, and we know at this critical moment that
not all we carry need enter when we enter.
We can evict hate and scorn from our souls; we can open
clenched fists, and let bigotry, malice and enmity fall back
down the slope to yesterday.
We can lay down our burden of violence and step lightly
over the lintel into a vernal and newly-minted tomorrow.
We, who never saw a new century; we, who never saw a
new one thousand years, can join the hallelujah, the
hymns, the paeans, the voices all over the world.
We can shout or whisper, scream or mumble:
Happy New Year!!!”
Maya Angelou (Adapted Slightly)