As we move into a new year with determination and resolve, we share this poem with you; for best effect try reading it aloud:
Whereas the world is a house on fire;
Whereas the nations are filled with shouting;
Whereas hope seems small, sometimes a single bird on a wire left by migration behind.
Whereas kindness is seldom in the news and peace an abstraction while war is real;
Whereas words are all I have;
Whereas my life is short;
Whereas I am afraid;
Whereas I am free -
despite all fire and anger and fear;
Be it therefore resolved
a song shall be my calling -
a song not yet made shall be vocation
and peaceful words the work of my remaining days.