1st January 2023


Happy New Year
With all my heart, 
I have not many words
But these I can and will share.

Slurred, painful
For speaking do truly torture me,
Burns into my flesh like red hot irons
Stirring recollections of past hours of happy oratory. 

Not great speeches
Just barely passable sentences, 
Yet so precious to me now
A true reflection of my being. 
My spirit, character, and soul
Spoken with a most particular accent, 
Telling of a most entertaining journey
Reaching from there to here. 

Started on an island in a sea
Ending in a speck within an ocean,
Small places, overflowing with bigger dreams
Fortress rocks made to be impervious,
Unapproachable without good purpose
And an open and accepting way.

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