Happy New Year

“Happy New Year”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana



Here’s hoping that everyone has a very Happy New Year.


Today is also Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening , nature or whatever strikes you.  I thought since there has been a blue moon for New Year’s that it would be very appropriate to have a poem about the  moon.





As I lay awake in the white moon light,
I heard a faint singing in the wood,
‘Out of bed,
Put your white foot now,
Here are we,
Neath the tree
Singing round the root now!’

I looked out of window, in the white moon light,
The trees were like snow in the wood–
‘Come away,
Child, and play
Light with the gnomies;
In a mound,
Green and round,
That’s where their home is.
Honey sweet,
Curds to eat,
Cream and frumenty,
Shells and beads,
Poppy seeds,
You shall have plenty.’

But soon as I stooped in the dim moon light
To put on my stocking and my shoes,
The sweet sweet singing died sadly away,
And the light of the morning peeped through:
Then instead of the gnomies there came a red robin
To sing of the buttercups and dew.

– Walter de la Mare


Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.  Be sure to visit to see other poetry for today.


  1. bangchik said,

    January 1, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Happy New Year… count the blessings and pray for more! ~bangchik

  2. Miranda Bell said,

    January 1, 2010 at 4:05 am

    A very Happy New Year to you – a lovely posting and great photo too… with best wishes Miranda

  3. Phillip said,

    January 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

    I hope your new year is full of health, happiness and gardening. Happy New Year!

  4. Jean said,

    January 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

    A happy new year to you Jan. Love the poem!

  5. vrtlaricaana said,

    January 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Jan,
    I wish you a happy New Year! This is lovely photo.

  6. Lana said,

    January 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Lovely poem. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. Teresa said,

    January 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Happy New Year to you and your family. I too posted about the blue moon which I find very interesting and fun. your poem is great and so fitting.

  8. Jake said,

    January 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! The moon was amazing last night wasn’t it?


  9. January 2, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Happy New Year!

  10. Linnie said,

    January 2, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Thanks for reminding me of Walter de la Mare. Your photograph is beautiful. Happy gardening in 2010.

    Linnnie in Destrehan, LA

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