Friday, January 01, 2016

Starting 2016

This little troll sits on Poet Loch Henson's desk,
bringing her good poems and good luck 
throughout the year.
—Photo by Loch Henson, Diamond Springs, CA

—Donal Mahoney, St. Louis, MO
An ancient couple,
he's a hunchback,
she's a gnome,
in the kitchen play

a game of dominoes,
drink hot cocoa, eat
warm bread dripping
with apricot jam, then

off to bed at eight
and up again at five
for the winding drive
down the mountainside

snowy miles to church
on New Year’s Day,
there to sing and praise
God for everything.


Today's LittleNip(s):

Drink from the well of yourself and begin again.

— Charles Bukowski


I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

—Neil Gaiman


And now we welcome the new year, full of things that have never been.

—Rainer Maria Rilke


Our thanks to Donal Mahoney and Loch Henson (and those whose quotes we used) for today's contributions, and also thanks to all those poets and artists out in the wider world who keep Medusa well-fed and productive throughout the year. "Drink from the well of yourself and begin again."