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Friday, 31 December 2021

A ducky New Year

They looked around the frozen stream

And called out loud and clear,

A ducky greeting to one and all

For a great new year.





Along the way the trees were full

Of the soft new snow,

Making such a wonderland…

As if a special glow





Was shining on this New Year’s Eve,

There for all to see.

The birds and squirrels saw it too. 

They stared like you and me.





The nuthatch thought he’d have his fill

While he waited, and lo…

The gulls were busy on the bay

Crabbing as they go.





And all around the sliver sheen 

Of reluctant sun

Broke through the dark grey cloud

Of a year all done.





We walked along familiar paths

Looking forward without fear

For a host of better days

In a brand new year.





Wishing one and all the best in 2022!


Marie Smith















46 comments:

Boud said...

Thank you for the post, and a good New Year to you.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I like it when you wax poetic! Happy New Year!

Elephant's Child said...

Thank you so much for this beautiful and uplifting post. And for a year of them.
A Very Happy New Year to you and to yours.

Bill said...

Beautiful photos and lovely narrative, Marie. Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy 2022.

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Lovely...

And bright wishes to you too.

Merry Midwinter Wishes
Happy New Year
Hugs
ðŸŒē ⛄ ðŸŒē ⛄ ðŸŒē ⛄ ðŸŒē

DJan said...

Simply wonderful, Marie! Thank you for such a sweet blessing to one and all. Happy New Year!!

Linda said...

And to you and yours also. All the best.

Rose said...

Happy New Year! I love the poem.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful poem and lovely photos.
I love seeing the sweet Nuthatch.
I wish you and your family all the best in 2022. Have a very happy and healthy New Year!

Sandi said...

A seagull with a crab in its mouth. You don't get more New England than that!

Happy New Year 🎉

William Kendall said...

Wonderful shots. Happy New Year.

Debbie said...

such lovely images...the nuthatch was my favorite but all sparked excitement me!!

happy new year marie, may it be filled with many walks, bike rides and fun outings!!

John's Island said...

Hi Marie ...
I like your poetry ...
Island Musing's 2021 score,
Is A+ and more!

Happy New Year ...
I wish you good cheer!

John

shirleysimplerecipe said...

Nice birds 😁!

Pam said...

Burr....looks cold. Happy New Year.

peppylady (Dora) said...

What beautiful photos and poetry
Coffee is on and stay safe

The Furry Gnome said...

Happy New Year Marie! Didn't know you were such a poet!

Red said...

I like the summary of your year. All the best to you and your family in 2022.

Barbara said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures. Your photos make me so happy. With your permission I am going to save one of your duck photos for my laptop screen. Happy New Year.

Lorrie said...

A lovely post with lovely word images to accompany your photos. I love nuthatches - so graceful and agile. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year, Marie!

At Home In New Zealand said...

I love your poem :)
Wishing you and your family a happy prosperous 2022, Mxx

HWIT BLOGG said...

Best wishes for a new and happy year! Lovely post and lovely pictures...
Titti

Marie Smith said...

Barbara ,

I would be thrilled if you used one of my photos for your laptop screen.

Marie

Anvilcloud said...

Very poetic, but I am stuck on how the old year rhymed with ducky. 😎ðŸĪŠ

David M. Gascoigne, said...

All the very best to you and Rick, Marie. Happy New Year. If COVID behaves we'll see you in May.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Beautiful photos! Happy New Year!

jenny_o said...

That photo of the squirrel is amazing. Best wishes in 2022, Marie and family.

MARY G said...

What a fine gift for the new year. Love it.

Tabor said...

Great photos. REally makes me feel I am with you. Have a wonderful 2022!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Lovely scenes even in winter. Happy New Year to you and yours.

Barwitzki said...

Thank you very much, I enjoyed your beautiful picture book.
I wish you a happy 2022.
Kind regards from Viola

photowannabe said...

Oh Marie..this wish and photos are pure delight.
Amazing captures of life.
Happy New Year to you and your Hubby. May 2022 bring joy and contentment to you.
Sue

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You live in a beautiful place and see so many neat things. Love that squirrel looking right at you! Happy New year!

Celia said...

And a happy new year to you too! Love watching the birdies eat upside down. :-)

Goldendaze-Ginnie said...

Beautifully written and the critters photos were like frosting on the cake.

Helen said...

So perfectly beautiful Marie.
May the New Year bring you both health, laughter and every possible happiness.

Liz Hinds said...

And to you, Marie! And what amazing photos to start the new year!

Retired Knitter said...

Perfect! And the squirrel picture was really wonderful. Happy New Year to you as well.

baili said...

Splendid post dear Marie!

I got lost in the beauty of your poetry and the magic of views!

Happy new year, health peace and happiness to you and yours!

Beside a babbling brook... said...

Dec. 2, 2022

Love your idea of Daily Exercise.

Merry Midwinter Wishes
Hugs
😊💗😊💗😊💗😊💗😊💗😊

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I love your poem with your wonderful photos! Here wishing that you have a wonderful year ahead with all good and happy things!

Catarina said...

How poetic!
Loved it.
The very best to you and your lovely family.

margi said...

So beautiful. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

margi said...

So beautiful. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!

Rhodesia said...

Wonderful photos let us hope the New Year is a good one and that we will soon look back on the last two as the COVID years. Take care Diane

gluten Free A_Z Blog said...

Enjoyed your lovely winter scenes and photos.