“On the New Year,” a poem of thanks from Ernest Dempsey

Ernest Dempsey and I met in 2007 when he reviewed my book “Sightlines: A Poet’s Diary” on TCM Reviews--Tami Brady’s review site. Since then we’ve become writing friends across the waves. On Riehlife I’ve often referred to him as “Our Man in Pakistan.” Have some fun reviewing the Riehlife archives that feature Ernest Dempsey’s wit and wisdom.

Here is Ernest’ ode to the New Year, thanking his friends both far and near. Thank you right back, Ernest!



2011 is about to be past for good in my part of the world. With special thanks to Janet Riehl, I dedicate the following to all my friends of the writing/publishing world.

On The New Year
by Ernest Dempsey

We say a year goes by, a new one starts
I try to find the sharp divide
Sharp as the calendar date
Within the book of my life
I see the past, the present, the future
No dates, however, no codes, no endings
The year in my life is a dream
Connecting who I was, am, and will be

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

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