“A View Anew” by Barbara Leonhard

Fear cripples and blinds as 2022 
wanes to a whimper
of arthritic joints and failing eyesight.
Is anyone else exhausted by nonsensical injury
that December will review?

The sparring Naked Kings hoard bitcoins.
Push souls out of the Cloud.
Shred decency into rags.
Distill water into poison.
Fight over center stage.

Pack their coffers with our rights;
their coffins with our children, the elderly, refugees -
any “Other” race, sex, creed.
Humanity, a continent to divide and conquer. 
The bag of harm is heavy with drones.

The New Year comes to my door 
a virtual stranger,
holding out pamphlets of promise,
ignoring the sign,
No Solicitors!

This new bag - a thing of feathers -
The promises flitter into glassy eyes.
My hopes reimagine my nightmares.
I can live another day
the way I create it.

Copyright © 2022 Barbara Harris Leonhard
All Rights Reserved

New Year’s Quotes

Barbara is author of Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF- Experiments in Fiction, 2022). A poem from this collection was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2022. Also, on Spillwords, Barbara was voted Author of the Month of October 2021, nominated Author of the Year for 2021, and recognized as a Spillwords Socialite of the Year in 2021. In November 2022, she became Editor for MasticadoresUSA. Barbara enjoys bringing writers together and has been sponsoring open mics and readings on Zoom during the pandemic. 

Editor: Barbara Harris Leonhard

Amazon Best-Selling Author

Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir (EIF-Experiments in Fiction, 2022)

Pushcart Nominee, 2022

MasticadoresUSA is open for submissions. Send your submissions to meelosmom@gmail.com

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19 Comentarios Agrega el tuyo

  1. Ingrid dice:

    The only way to live! Happy New Year to you, Barbara 😊

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you! Happy New Year, Ingrid!💐🎉🌷

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  2. A most well thought out poem, poignant and true and these verses:
    «The New Year comes to my door
    a virtual stranger,
    holding out pamphlets of promise,
    ignoring the sign,
    No Solicitors!»
    Brilliant! Happy New Year and all the best!

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you! Those are my favorite lines, too! Happy New Year, Francisco!

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      1. Always a pleasure Barbara. Happy New Year!

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  3. gabychops dice:

    Thank you, Barbara, for your words o wisdom, and Happy New Year!

    Joanna

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      And to you, too! Thank you for reading!

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      1. gabychops dice:

        You are welcome!

        Joanna

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  4. Such a beautiful honest poem and wonderfully woven Barbara.
    Happy New Year to you! 💗

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! That makes me happy! Hope your New Year is full of blessings and bounty!

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      1. You’re so welcome Dear Barbara. I’m glad to hear that. I a planning on just that! 🙏🏼💞
        You too !!!

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      2. 13rrance dice:

        Je suis désolée… I just only came to that point back in time to read this poem.

        Its a very «punchy» poem.

        Naked kings of bitcoin, and the sad state of the world in a few sentences.

        Thank you mlle Barbara.

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      3. Meelosmom dice:

        Thank you, Myriam! It was fun to find a way to express these themes.

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  5. «I can live another day
    the way I create it.»

    The perfect way to begin any new year.

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you, Ken!♥️🙏🌺

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  6. jonicaggiano dice:

    What a beautiful piece of writing Barbara. I love the truth to this. We all want to celebrate with happy endings but the reality has not been happy. At least not in the US or in the Ukraine. More killing of innocent children with automatic weapons. Thank you for this honest look at tough times. Blessings to you and your family. 🦋

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    1. Meelosmom dice:

      Thank you, Joni! And to you! ♥️🙏🌺

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      1. jonicaggiano dice:

        You are so welcome. Blessings and many love in the new year. 🌹🦋

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