Happy New Year everyone! A recording of my poem for the new year is just below, but first, in case you didn’t see the post I wrote on social media on December 31st, here is my toast to the year finally behind us, and the one just starting:

Here’s to

A jab in the arm instead of a poke up the nose

The feel of a warm body between outstretched arms instead of empty air

Sitting in crowded theaters and concert halls instead of staring at pixilated screens

Hope instead of anxiety

Truth instead of lies

Togetherness instead of isolation

And always respect, openness and love for each other

Here’s to

Gratitude for whatever good we were able to do in 2020

And the promise of progress in 2021


And now for the promised poem. Just before the year’s end, I was asked to record myself reading a poem I had recently written on the theme of thankfulness. It is called To Dance Down the Road. I hope you like it.

To Dance Down The Road