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A New Year

Here are Jack Kerouac with a cat and Brando kissing a feline, just because I like the photos.

 

Kerouac with cat Brando kissing cat

 

I think this poem is always fresh and relevant as a new year begins.

Tennyson’s “In Memoriam” (excerpt)

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;

Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes

But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.

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