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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

The Poetry Show: The Old Year Out



Enlighten Radio Presents


"The eve of New Year's Day -- Left the Old Year lost to all"


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Poets John Clare, Richard Wilbur, Edward Hays, Howard Thurman take us out with mixed feelings

Broadcast LIVE Wednesdays, 10 AM on

Hosts: Janet Harrison, John Case

This Episode Recorded 12/27/2023

he Old Year Out

by John Clare 1793 – 1864


The Old Year's gone away
    To nothingness and night:
We cannot find him all the day
    Nor hear him in the night:
He left no footstep, mark or place
    In either shade or sun:
The last year he'd a neighbor's face,
   In this he's known by none.

All nothing everywhere:
   Mists we on mornings see
Have more of substance when they're here
   And more of form than he.
He was a friend by every fire,
   In every cot and hall--
A guest to every heart's desire,
   And now he's 'nought at all.

Old papers thrown away,
   Old garments cast aside,
The talk of yesterday,
   Are things identified;
But time once torn away
   No voices can recall:
The eve of New Year's Day
   Left the Old Year lost to all.

This poem is in the public domain.


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