New Year’s Blessing 

winter blessing
Photographer unknown

I wish you renewal, an evergreen forest with lofty branches
that dance in the winds of the sky,
intensity, the color of red berries,
sugared with snow and sparkling with ice,
forgiveness, a tabula rasa like sheets of snow
as far as your eyes can see.

May your green trees be covered in flowers
that look like white gift bows
and may the petals from those white flowers fall and fall (as you rub your eyes)
covering everything
as if they are being shaken from the sky,
leaving snow petals, a huge bouquet
that fills up the frosty vase
of your new year window.– Annette Marie Smith