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On this New Year's Eve, I offer a poem that reads like a prayer by one of my favorite poets, Rosemerry Trommer. I wish each one of you a joyous New Year.

With love,


"Watching The Wizard of Oz on New Year’s Eve, I Think of a Resolution toward Peace"

As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.

—The Wizard to the Tin Man, The Wizard of Oz, Frank L. Baum

Give us hearts that break

when we see how cruel the world can be

and hands that extend toward others.

Give us eyes that weep when we feel

the beauty of home, and

lips to speak love, to apologize.

Give us courage to say what must be said

and ears to hear what we’d rather not hear

and eyes that will not turn the other way

from anyone in need.

Give us brains that are wired

for helpfulness, compassion

and curiosity. Yes, let us ask for hearts

that break and break and grow

bigger in the breaking.

- Photo by Morgan Sessions on Unsplash

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