With not much time for writing lately, I've been concentrating on short 'done-in-a-minute' pieces, and this is my latest, and possibly my favourite. It's designed as a hymn, to be sung to the tune of Londonderry Air (the folk song otherwise known as 'Danny Boy', which can be found in a choral arrangement in the Unitarian hymn book, 'Hymns for Living', published by Lindsey Press.) But I couldn't resist sharing it as my wish for all my readers, and everyone, everywhere, in 2012.
Oh Bright New Year
Oh bright new year, our hurt and anger healing,
We hope you’ll be for all a time of peace,
New paths and places to us all revealing,
And from our sadness bringing sweet release.
Oh bright new year, bring moments of reflection,
And pleasant times, our weary souls to rest.
Oh bright new year, bring fun and love and laughter;
Each moment of the year be heaven blest.
Oh bright new year, our hopes and dreams reviving,
We hope you’ll be for all a time of joy.
We hope you’ll see our near and dear ones thriving,
And happiness for every girl and boy.
Oh bright new year, bring sunny summer weather,
And rain that falls so gently from above.
Oh bright new year, let nations join together;
Each moment of the year be filled with love.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!