Present in a New Year

Photo by Yiran Yang on Unsplash

this shining moment in the now — David Budbill

We call the year “new” but
the ancient sun pulls the earth
along the same old course.
The pattern repeats. The cosmic forces
unleashed in the Big Bang
will continue after humans
are no more, without acknowledgment
that we have left, or had ever been.

Children know the water is freezing,
yet they splash right in the winter ocean,
joyful abandonment to this shining moment
in the now, though it is fleeting.
Let us follow into the deep;
only the present is ours to keep.