I Feel About Average

New Year’s Day
Kobayashi Issa

New Year’s Day—
everything is in blossom!
I feel about average.

(Translated by Robert Hass)

Yes, another poem. Poetry is good for us, and reading a new poem every morning will stretch your mind in many directions, will expose you to new writers and thoughts, and will improve the quality of your day in ways both large and small. Recommended, for starters: Poetry Daily, Poets.org’s Poem-A-Day email, and The Writer’s Almanac. If you haven’t made any resolutions yet, or if you have, and especially if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t make resolutions in the first place, any or all of the above are just the thing to get this momentous year off on the right foot.

(Image is Waiting for the New Year’s Performance by Torii Kiyonaga, 1785, again with the Yale Digital Content.)


2 Comments to I Feel About Average

  1. January 3, 2012 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Great post; thank you!

    I’ll contribute Verse Daily as another daily source of poetry.

    And, only a couple of weeks ago, I ran into this October post at The Improvised Life that connects a morning poem to optimism and meditation and Zen, and so that’s all to the good.

    Open minds and open hearts to welcome the new year…

  2. January 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    Very nice, another year passes….Good post, nothing wrong with average.

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