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.
"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.