“Different than the New Year’s Resolutions” by Raymond A. Foss is truly a New Year themed poetry with a difference.

We at 123NewYear thought of presenting this one before you because of the simple reason that this is one poem that reminds us to look beyond our worldly needs and wants and be grateful for all the blessings that the Almighty has showered on us and accept His grace with humility rather than cribbing about what has not been achieved or acquired.

It is human nature to crib for what we do not get. But do we ever sit back to think of what we have given or what we have not given? Do we embrace our virtues at all times, or do our virtues lie abandoned with layers of dust accumulating over them?

It is also common for people to feel sad for all the sacrifices one may have had to make. But the poet reminds you to think on the New Year’s Eve of the sacrifices that the Lord made to give His followers a beautiful life.

Welcome! thrice welcome! to the year 1893,
For it is the year I intend to leave Dundee,
Owing to the treatment I receive,
Which does my heart sadly grieve.
Every morning when I go out
The ignorant rabble they do shout
‘There goes Mad McGonagall’
In derisive shouts as loud as they can bawl,
And lifts stones and snowballs, throws them at me;
And such actions are shameful to be heard in the city of Dundee.
And I’m ashamed, kind Christians, to confess
That from the Magistrates I can get no redress.
Therefore I have made up my mind in the year of 1893
To leave the ancient City of Dundee,
Because the citizens and me cannot agree.
The reason why? — because they disrespect me,
Which makes me feel rather discontent.
Therefore to leave them I am bent;
And I will make my arrangements without delay,
And leave Dundee some early day.

– By Raymond A. Foss

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