Hart to Hearts: Hope for New Year

The #31daysofhope blogs end as they began with a wish for the new year from Denise Levertov.

Denise Levertov: “For the New Year, 1981”

I have a small grain of hope—
one small crystal that gleams
clear colors out of transparency
I need more.I break off a fragment
to send you.Please take
this grain of a grain of hope
so that mine won’t shrink.

Please share your fragment
so that yours will grow.

Only so, by division,
will hope increase,

like a clump of irises, which will cease to flower
unless you distribute
the clustered roots, unlikely source—
clumsy and earth-covered—
of grace.

Here’s to a hope-filled new year. May you find strength and courage and love, too, as this new year unfolds.