Another Year

I swear that I blinked
And missed how
This year just went past,
I’m sure that I sang
Auld Lang Syne
This weekend gone, or last.

But the calendar
Pages prove,
With every crossed-out day
That yet one more year
For us all
Has somehow crept away.

A moment ago
Twas summer
With days of endless sun
But now the weather’s
Cold and wet
Being out is less fun.

I do not think I
Remember
Autumn when it was here,
It must have slipped past
As spring did
In the whirl of the year.

But looking back to
Consider
All the things I have done,
Since last New Year did
Celebrate
Our orbit round the sun,

It suddenly seems
Amazing
How much has taken place.
Those days that went by
Were packed full
Crammed at a break-neck pace.

So I glance at the
Calendar
And heed what the clock read,
But remind myself
They tell lies
Time is all in my head.

E.M. Swift-Hook

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