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Burning the Old Year By Naomi Shihab Nye: Reading and Meditation

December 19, 2020  • Brianna Curran

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“The Old Year” is measured in many ways – in births and deaths, in celebrations, in sustained and created relationships, and milestones. Just as a phoenix is born from the ashes, or wildflowers bloom after a forest fire, so too must we refine the old as we enter the new. Nye describes the burning of letters, reforming and redefining her relationships with each passing year as the flames consume memories to make way for the new. For many, the welcoming of a new year is cause for celebration, but there is time to mourn the year gone by. What has been lost or left behind this year? As we enter the final days of 2020, what must be destroyed, and what must be embraced? How are you mourning and celebrating the passing of another year?

Brianna Curran, Washington, DC

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