Walking forward, stride strong,
Soaking in the excitement all around..
A new start, a clean slate, say all
One remembered hurdle..
Each step forward, dint of sheer will.
Laughing aloud, smile bright,
Taking in the light and joy..
A new day, a bright sun, sees the eye
One flash of the day gone..
Upward curve of the lips, insurmountable effort.
Calming thought, beat steady,
Breathing in breathing out..
A new year, a century begins, knows the mind
One suppressed through,
Unclasping the fist on the heart, beyond impossible.
Some things hidden,
Some things momentarily forgotten..
But always there, never lost, not healed,
Still we go on, pretending no end..
A mask we wear for the world to see.