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Carrying Memories into the New Year

With the church bells’ ringing

the new year enters

echoing the days of yesteryear

memories of happiness

the smiles of our children

the sunlight within each face

Who will remember these dear ones

far from our yearning arms

Who remembers all they were

the way she danced, the hat he wore

With the old year gone, will they

no longer be known?

We will remember them; each one

We will hold them in our hearts

as we carry memories

into this new year.

We will allow the memories to

make us laugh, to make us sing.

Their lives will fill the air

as the church bells ring.

Alice J. Wisler

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