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Now the old year is over
A new one has begun
Have we made the world better
For any stranger, friend or loved one?

Now the old year is over
Hope it’s been a fine one
When from far and from near
Much good has been done.

Now the old year is over
For good or for ill
If we won’t now, do the right things
Then who ever will?

Now the old year is over
Whether you’re weak or you’re strong
For too many people
Far too much has gone wrong!

Now the old year is over
For the left and the right
But for progress and justice
We must keep up the fight!

Now the old year is over
And here comes a New Year
Let’s make it a good one
And drive out all fear.

Now the old year is over
Think what must we do?
To make the world better
And our promises come true.

Now the old year is over
Work remains to be done
For Blacks, Whites and all colors together
Battles remain to be won.

Now the old year is over
There is much we must do
To make sure the many
Are not ripped off by the few.

Now the old year is over
A new one has begun
Let this New Year be filled up
With good deeds we have done!

Now the old year is over
Time rushes on by
We must rise to the challenge
And ensure hope does not die!

Now the old year is over
So it’s up to me and to you
We will be long remembered
By what we do or don’t do!

© 2013, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


3 Comments

  1. Cher Duncombe

    Larry, not only would this be good lyrics for a song, but the song within the poem is contemplative, aspiring.

    “We will be long remembered
    By what we did or did not do!”

    The truth in this is a stark reality and tomorrow is not promised. May we live up to your call to action and not tire of the struggles. Well done, my friend!

    • Larry Conley (Author)

      Cher,

      Thanks.

      Once again, you got me. You are one of a very few people for whom I really write. If I can get though to the few, the crew, the true, then I am expressing myself in a worthwhile manner.

      As ever what you say matters to me and you yourself matter, always!

      Larry

  2. mike hirsch

    Come so far, yet so far to go. Been a year of highs and lows. You have been one of the highs. I enjoy your writings and posts very much. Here’s to an even better new year!

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