IN THIS NEW YEAR,
may you celebrate your birthday
celebrating the joyous sunlight that will shine on you
throughout your new year.
may your health increase
with your wealth.
When the flowers bloom,
may you not sneeze.
May you find someone to squeeze
and someone to give those flowers to.
may your feet never sweat
and may your neighbors offer no threat.
In the scorching heat,
may your cholesterol and your lease
and may your cheeks and your stocks
At the time of monsoons,
when the rains crash and the winds scream,
may all you hear is the sweetness of a breeze
and the gentleness of a stream.
And at wintertime,
when the cold chills come,
may your family and your home stay warm.
May your colleagues and associates
treat you with peace.
And if at work you stand in doubt,
may you stand with wisdom and ease.
Above all, may you continue to smile,
and may your days and nights be filled with laughter.
May that laughter echo 'round you
and rekindle the hopes of the person next to you
and lead that person to laugh and smile with you.
And if grief visits you,
may you rise above it, unfettered and confident
in the endless grace of God.
May you have
:: Paul A.