Light traditions celebrated:
For birthday: candles on a cake.
For Diwali: clay oil lamps in homes in India.
For Chanukah: lighting the Menorah.
For Christmas Eve: Swedish Ljuskrona on the dinner table.
For the New Year: FIREWORKS.
The light traditions around the world celebrate in the physical world: HOPE.
Reading the poetry anthology, A Celebration of Western New York Poets, edited by Patricia Tansey, I begin to celebrate the New Year:
Walking After the Blizzard by Gay Baines
The walker shares unpleasant views of the constellations and ends celebrating humanity’s glory.
First Born by Jennifer Campbell
In a moment a mother muses about the mischievous little one in her arms.
Chain Reaction by Lynn Ciesielski
A guest at a cathedral shares concerns for the alter.
White-breasted Nuthatch, Singing by Lisa A. Forrest
A song from the back porch.
Portrait of Love in Pieces by Celeste Lawson
In creating passion, Lovers create a painting.
Lilith, Happily by Janet McNally
Renews the Gensis story of creation of Adam and Eve with a new lady, the speaker, Lilith who finds herself happy.
crescendo (a woman’s prayer) by Verneice Turner
Faced with life’s up and downs creating rhythm and warmth for comfort through it all.
gentleman caller by Ryki Zuckerman
An amusing encounter with the bright moon.
Nothing like poetry to bring: NEW YEAR.
Rachel L. Johnson
Contributor Focus: "Buffalo: Deep Roots Abroad"