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Poem: To The New Year

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By W. S. Merwin

With what stillness at last you appear in the valley

your first sunlight reaching down

to touch the tips of a few

high leaves that do not stir

as though they had not noticed

and did not know you at all

then the voice of a dove calls

from far away in itself

to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you

here and now whether or not

anyone hears it this is

where we have come with our age

our knowledge such as it is

and our hopes such as they are

invisible before us

untouched and still possible

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Happy New year to all of you on the High Plains, from West Texas to the Oklahoma Panhandle, from western Kansas to southern Nebraska and eastern Colorado. Here's hoping for bright things in 2020, from all of us at High Plains Public Radio.