J.S. Watts

Words at the End of a Year

This, I think, is the darkest time:
the pause before the grip
of the new year takes hold,
the old one having already let go,
no further will to hang on.

The bright colours of Christmas
are fading, decorations sag limply,
night seemingly out-lasts day
and bedraggled thoughts flock, sad shadows,
just beyond reach of reason.

Words gather round the edges,
hoping to find a way into
the rising year,
ready to attempt a fresh new world
from the sour dregs of the old.

Old lies tell a word was once
a beginning. Life’s initial meme.
Brave beginnings require untied words.
Catch them quickly. They fade
back into the dark

like snow melt into mud,
like the quick promise of dreams
amongst torn wrapping paper,
irresolute longings
of a lights-off fumbled love affair.

J.S.Watts is a British poet and novelist. Her writing appears in publications in Britain and abroad and has been broadcast on BBC and Independent Radio. She has published six books: four of poetry, “Cats and Other Myths”, “Years Ago You Coloured Me”, “The Submerged Sea” and an award nominated poetry pamphlet, “Songs of Steelyard Sue”, plus two novels, “A Darker Moon” (dark fiction) and “Witchlight” (paranormal). Her new novel, “Old Light”, is due out from Vagabondage Press in early 2020.