Wednesday, 31 December 2014


We’re all decided,
the year has become
so last year, dear,
it simply has to go.
We are nothing if not
up-to-the minute, and
we plainly can’t be seen in
last year’s thoughts.

Lists of best and worst,
funniest or most deplorable,
you cannot get away from them.
Editorials on the ins and outs
of futile wars,
natural disasters,
the whys and wherefores of
catastrophes and
galloping epidemics,
there’s no let-up.
Tales of
greed and corruption
make headlines throughout the year.

But we have plans,
we will make
Yes sir,
we have learned our lesson.
We must do better.
We will do better.

We have Tabula Rasa.
A fresh start,
renewed hope.
Let the journey begin.


Tonight pretty pink clouds trundled across the sky at Valley’s End.
I wonder, could they have been pigs flying?

A Very Happy New Year
One And All.


  1. Oh, that last line made me laugh out loud. Happy, happy 2015 to you, Friko!

  2. A very, very happy (and healthy) New Year to you and yours.

  3. Happy New Year to you and your Beloved also.

  4. Please....please...let them be pigs flying. Their time has come. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  5. Yes, they are pigs flying. I'm sure of it. Happy New Year!

  6. Very clever, Friko. Very quotable lines. Happy New Year to you!

  7. Happy to see you back at work. aMay next year give you many moments of joy and wonder...

  8. Delightful poem to remind us to look ahead and not back. Happy New Year, Friko!

  9. I do believe that pigs do fly -- so you never know -- you may have had a serendipitous spotting!

    Sending you wonderful holiday wishes for a splendid new year to you and Beloved. May it bring good things your way!

  10. Your flying pink piggy clouds made me snort. Happy New Year to you and your Beloved.

  11. And a Happy New Year to you, Friko!

  12. Still laughing at the flying pigs....but may they bring home the bacon for you in the year to come.
    Happy New Year to you both.

  13. Friko, it's still just about supper time here in New York, but you and yours are much closer to turning over that calendar page.

    The flying pink piggy clouds might be a variation on the poem that promised Sailor's delight. May your New Year get off to a beautiful start, and continue on that note.


  14. Friko, my burst of laughter at the last sentence had my husband lift his head from his reading and ask, "what?" Looking forward to more succinct commentary of yours in 2015.

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  16. Happy New Year. Yes we do have to do some new things.

  17. Happy New Year, Friko. We are, as I write, about 3 hours from 2015 - Perhaps in the morning I'll see those flying pigs. :)

  18. Flap-flap-flap!! ;)
    Happy New Year!! :)

  19. Pigs flying! I laughed out loud in my living room all by myself.

  20. Happy New Year Friko - Healthy Wealthy and Wise sounds like the way to go in 2015!
    Take care

  21. May the sun you love so much over shine longer and brighter over Valley's End this coming year, just for you Friko. :)

  22. Holy Jumpin's, you got pigs flying over the valley. Put that Sherry away. ha,ha
    Lovely poem and I loved the ending. Happiness to you to always.

  23. The pigs don't seem to have made it over here quite yet, but I'm sure they will: later, if not sooner. What a delightful first post to read this New Year's Day, Friko. Clearly, your spirit is starting to soar again. I'll take your flights of fancy over those pigs any day! Here's to a happy and creative 2015.

  24. With several glasses of champagne to celebrate the New Year I would see flying pigs too, that's for sure !
    Happy New Year to you !

  25. Happiest of New Years to you, Beloved, and Millie!

  26. I don't know what's in your cold cure but I wouldn't mind a slug of it , too .

  27. And may you have a splendid 2015 !!

  28. Yes indeed - they could have been. Pigs will fly one day, I'm sure. In the meantime I'll just keep moving forward, one foot in front of the other, steady as I go. As the tortois said 'I may be slow, but I'm sure'.

  29. Hi Friko - wonderful poem of times past .. those pink clouds give us hope and lead us on as we watch them pass .. your views across Valley's End - must be amazing ... gorgeous part of the world. All the very best to you both and to your walks along the fields and river, Millie at your side ... happy days - Hilary

  30. Or as the French say, "Quand les poules auront des dents." We may never see hens teeth or pigs fly but I hope to come here and find many more such delightful posts.

  31. What a perfect poem to bring in the new year. And you are so clever.


  32. Hallo Friko.
    ich wünsche Dir auch ein frohes neues Jahr !

    Gruß Dieter

  33. Brava! Let's hear it for the flying pigs! (And I hope the colds are better.)

  34. I imagine pigs will fly before hard changes take place. happy new year. out with the old and inwith the new.

  35. How very odd that, just before I came to read this, I noticed that the sunset has broken through the clouds just enough to show some piggy-pink reflection!
    Wouldn't it be nice if all our (and others') sins and wrongheadedness could be wiped out and a new start from zero begun? Maybe not. Maybe the collective stupidity builds character somehow.

  36. Ah well, starting anew over and over is at least a start.

  37. i hope that your new year has started off well
    and that you are feeling better too...smiles.

  38. Hi, Friko, just stopped by to wish you and your family the best for 2015. Even though worries, hardships, or disappointments from the last year both in the public and private haven’t faded away, the hope is often high at the New Year. It’s not bad to always start a new year from winter anticipating the warmth of spring. I look forward to what the new calendar will be filled with.


  39. Loved this! A little late, but I am sending you a very happy new year. Looking forward to reading you in 2015.


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