In An Open Place

Using the analogy of the forest, Douglas Malloch expresses thoughts on the coming new year. Thoughts on a new beginning with the new year, and leaving the past behind. We hope this poem encourages you to look at the new year as a fresh start.

In An Open Place
by Douglas Malloch

I step from out the forest vast
My feet have wandered through;
I leave the forest of the Past
To greet a forest new.
A year ago like this I stood
Before untrodden ways
And plunged, as now, within a wood -
A wilderness of days.

A year ago a year new born
Stretched out before my feet;
Then not a rose concealed a thorn
And ev'ry fruit was sweet.
But, as I walked, the sky grew gray
And tangled grew the road;
Then lonely was the forest way
And heavy was the load.

As thus the year, once new, grew less,
Perplexing grew the wood;
I knew not if to onward press
Or linger where I stood.
New hurts and wrongs my path made dear,
Old wounds were opened wide;
And none there was my heart to cheer
And none to walk beside.

Now comes the New Year, as it came
Before with hope aglow;
The way that beckons is the same
That called a year ago.
I thank Thee, Lord, that, spite of pain
And slur and cold offense,
I thank Thee, Lord, that, spite of rain
And past experience.

The New Year ever looks as fair
As if all life were new;
The world behind is bleak and bare -
The sky before is blue.
I thank Thee, Lord, the New Year brings
A balm for hurt and pain;
With feet that run and heart that sings
I journey on again.

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