January 3, 2012: “The Passing of the Year”
–excerpted from “The Passing of the Year” by Robert Service–
“. . . .And so from face to face I flit, the countless eyes that stare and stare;
Some are with approbation lit, and some are shadowed with despair.
Some show a smile and some a frown; some joy and hope, some pain and woe:
Enough! Oh ring that curtain down! Old weary year, it’s time to go.
My pipe is out, my glass is dry; my fire is almost ashes too;
But once again, before you go, and I prepare to meet the New:
Old Year! a parting word that’s true, for we’ve been comrades, you and I–
I thank God for each day of you;
There! bless you now! Old Year, good-bye!”
[by Robert W. Service, first published in "Rhymes of a Rolling Stone" Toronto 1912]