A stone with an eye drawing on it is placed on top of other stones

      New Year Stone for 2020 (Arrangement and photo –
      Kath Abela Wilson)


      Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      first stone
      on the beach
      the new year
      in my pocket

      ~ Kath Abela

      Ο Ο Ο

      A dirt road with greenery and a large tree and sunshine

      Queen Anne’s Lace Roadside (Photo – Alice Pero)

      Alice Pero

      Let it all be new
      Let the year yawn
      and turn around
      to another side
      Let us jump in laughter
      at another dawn
      coming just as before
      without invitation
      or regret

      Though this poem ended
      it will start again
      another thought, another yen
      for sparkle
      Is this really “time”?
      or marking time
      in tiny increments of joy
      for her and him and him ?


      As the day broke
      I stepped in its pieces
      Then made it whole
      calling it The New Year


      We thought heaven
      was the new time
      but then found
      it was only laughter


      Do you have fireworks?
      or is your laughter
      quite enough
      for this brand new year


      I ran as fast as I could
      to get to the beginning again
      Then played a trick on myself
      pretending the New Me


      The New Year dawns
      leaving the stars
      points of white light
      millions of years old
      We are celebrating
      our longevity

      Ο Ο Ο

      A woman in tights dancing in a large airy space

      The Dragon’s Egg performance space built by Dan Potter (Photo – Alice Pero)

      Dan Potter

      Solstice Voices

      Cry in the new year light!
      Tonight they come
      like midwives to feast and glug.

      Some all in straw
      with effigies of wrens to fly
      up out of darkness, fast and bright.

      Ο Ο Ο

      colorful lanterns hung on a street

      Chinese New Year in Singapore (Photo – Mandy Macdonald)

      Mandy Macdonald

      scattering the hours
      faster than the speed of day
      Scotland to Singapore

      streets blaze red and gold
      laughing crowds press and jostle —
      Year of the White Rat!

      back at home
      they’ll be drinking to Scotland’s bard
      in smoky single malt

      (Chinese New Year: 25 January 2020)

      Ο Ο Ο

      PLanets made our of flowers

      A detail of a Rose Parade float (Photo – NASA/JPL)

      Natalia Duxbury

      MultiVerse Rose Parade

      Semi-wild this sensation-
      Multi roses inspiration!
      In some countries snow, not dew –
      Scintillating – pretty blue.
      We see here fairy glade:
      Very fancy – Rose Parade!
      Shining stars, but very warm.
      Rosy petals come as swarm –
      Floats will cover – brightest view!
      Not at all – as cold as metals.
      Everyone in rosy petals! –
      Smiling souls are happy, new!

      *Pun: verse is a poem and the new astronomical term Multiverse, meaning many Universes


      Purplish colored dawn with a plam tree and houses

      New Year Dawn 2020 (Photo- Kath Abela Wilson)

      New Year Dawn: Quotes and Credits

      Alice Pero thinks each New Year is more precious as she perceives the decades passing. It occurs to her that more laughter is needed to “mark time,” thus the philosophy of some of these poems. A resident of Los Angeles for 24 years, she spent her earlier years in New York. She’s Founder of the Moonday Reading series and Windsong Chamber Ensemble and grandmother of five.

      Daniel Potter is a sculptor, painter and poet who lives in Stonington, CT. With his partner, he built the beautiful performance space, Dragon’s Egg, which hosts classes and residencies for dancers. Alice Pero and Dan have been dialoguing every other day for the last five years. He says: “At New Year’s in Dingle Ireland, County Cork, boys dress in straw to hunt down effigies of Old Year’s Wren as Alice and I every other day still hunt each other with new poems.”

      Australian writer and musician Mandy Macdonald lives in Aberdeen, Scotland. She is widely published, and her first pamphlet, The temperature of blue, has just appeared with Blue Salt Collective. She writes in the hope that poetry can change the world, even a little. This poem remarks on the delightful fact that the beginning of this year’s Chinese New Year celebrations coincides with Burns Night in Scotland.

      Dr. Natalia Duxbury is a renowned international planetary scientist, writer and mathematician. She is included in the book Who is Who in the World and Lifetime Achievement. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a Research Scientist/Senior T. Staff at the NASA/JPL- Caltech. She has more than 100 publications in scientific refereed international journals, in addition to the first scientific interpretation of one of the A. Einstein’s letters. She’s currently an Aff. Professor at George Mason University. She is a member of the Writer’s Guild and of the Caltech Alumni Association. Duxbury received NASA awards for her scientific achievements and cosmic innovations; Pushkin, Chekhov, Mayakovsky medals, and other awards for her literary publications. She writes in 2 languages.

      A note from Kath Abela

      Send your submissions by midnight Sunday, Pacific time, on each week’s theme: “Year of the Rat“, “New Year Mouse“, “Winter Planting“, or suggest your own theme.

      Send short poems, haiku, senryu, tanka, cherita haibun, tanka prose, short prose poems, etc., or your own unique approach, to Kath Abela by Facebook message or click here to email her directly. We can feature your work again after five months. Multiple Submissions can be saved to appear later:

      1. Send a short bio, comments on the theme.
      2. Send photos or artwork by you, if possible.
      3. No attachments except photos.
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        • Kathabela Wilson

          Kathabela Wilson is a local poet/writer/artist and musician. Her Poets Salon has become an international respected must read in the poetry world. She's the creator and host of the Pasadena-based group, “Poets on Site.”

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