A Better Year…

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A Better Year

Standing on a stool peeking over the wall
that separates this year from the next…
I can barely see anything at all.
This new year is born on the dead leaves of the last.

It is tainted and contaminated and sick from the start.

If our world were a restaurant, trying to make it today,
If kindness is not waiting on tables,
and love, compassion, gratitude and humility,
are not on the menu…well, good luck staying open!

If we can’t see, we have so much in common
with absolutely anyone walking down the street,
the fact we’re all human, alive, and living on earth…
rooting in the same block, shopping at the same store..
with fears of tomorrow, but hopes for the future,
bad dreams and days we just smile all the time…
Please look closer… and longer,

She has that, so does he, and they’re worrying now,
and he is counting his change, and wondering if he can pay the rent.
He’s buying a gift for his lover, she buying a suit to bury her husband
and abundance is not the word for this last year unless you put
insanity after it!
An abundance of  insanity, of absurdity, an abundance of sickness

an abundance of surrealism and uncertainty……
What was lacking was an abundance of humanity
One for the other and one for all…

I personally hope for the time to come soon,
when wishing a total stranger a Happy New Year,
won’t be taken as an assault, or an act of insanity.

Where people won’t run away or call the police,  or block me on facebook,
but just reply to me easily and sincerely,

“I hope 2021 is a better year for you too.”

Karima Hoisan
December 31,2020
Costa Rica

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39 Responses to A Better Year…

  1. I Wish you and your family a Happ New Year!

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  2. daleinnis says:

    Happy New Year indeed! Very well put; if we can only be kinder to each other, it can’t help but be a better year.

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  3. Happy new year🎊🎉🥳

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  4. Happy new year Karima 💐🙂

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  5. Jeff Flesch says:

    Beautiful, Karima, as always. Here is my favorite part.
    “An abundance of insanity, of absurdity, and abundance of sickness
    an abundance of surrealism and uncertainty……
    What was lacking was an abundance of humanity” That is so well penned, my friend. Lovely. Happy New Year, Karima. ❤️🙏

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    • Thank you so much Jeff, and I am pleased you enjoyed those lines:) A very Happy New Year to you too and may it be a better one with health and love and creativity! Nice to meet you in 2020..Looking forward to reading each other and sharing our ideas and our poetry in 2021 🙏❤️✨🌟

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      • Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re welcome, Karima, always. It was a great pleasure to meet you this year also, my friend. I so look forward to sharing, reading, and interacting next year as well. Here’s to the New Year, full of hope, dreams, and love for all. Be well. ❤️😊🙏❤️

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  6. Joey says:

    Happy New Year, Karima. Hugss!

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  7. I hope 2021 is a better year for you too.

    I’m glad to have met you this year, Karima.

    -David

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    • Me too David..me too! 🙂 🙏

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    • Diana says:

      I agree with you.. So glad to have met you and Karima in this blogging world. Karima is a just outstanding in the way she writes. 2020 was not a great one for many, but there were blessings hidden. One of them was the pleasure of knowing you and Karima❤️. Stay blessed always my dear Karima… I loved this hopeful message for 2021. Looking forward is the only thing to do now. Have a lovely year and may you continue to be an inspiration always ❤️❤️🙏💐🤗🤗🤗

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      • Habeebity Diana, big hugs to you dear poet 🤗 and thank you for your words as it is mutual and meeting you and David and so many this year, has been a blessing! It was like actually becoming part of this community, where before, I just posted my poetry and walked away.. I never knew the WordPress community, all the diverse creators and writers, thinkers, doodlers that we have here. This is the blessing of 2020 for me…the big surprise!! To start reading who else was on WordPress, and just marveling on how diverse and international our little community is!! It was an eye-opener, and it took me from feeling like I was flying solo, to feeling part of a wonderfully talented, supportive and yes, very loving group of creative people. Alhamdulillah! Inspire and write my sweet friend..2021 needs words and thoughts like yours!!! ❤️❤️🤗🙏❤️❤️🌺🌹🌸🌺🌹

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  8. Hoping for a better world. (there is no Earth 2) Peace and Love

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    • For a better world, because if we don’t get this one right, as you say, there are no more chances!! Thank you Gamma for visiting on New Years…It was so nice to see your comment old friend! Did you notice I chose a pic of you and Shesa, in my “I Am an Avatar” post? Blessings to you always…

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  9. Amongst all the write ups and poetry I’ve read since yesterday about the new year and the last, this has to be my favourite. Happy New Year, Karima. I hope you have a beautiful year ahead ❣️

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    • Ahhhh Fatema..so nice to find your comment on the first day of this new year…First, thank you for saying this, as you know, how much I vibrate to your writing! May your year be blessed and may you stay healthy, creative and inspired. You are one of my favorites, you know, here in the WordPress community..I always look forward to reading you:) 🤗✨❤️

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  10. cheriewhite says:

    Very well-written! 2020 has been one wild year. Here’s hoping for a much better year ahead. From my family to yours, Happy New Year, Karima. May you have an abundance of blessings!

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    • Thank you very much Cherie. I am so glad you left this comment, because I have not been able to comment on your blog. It asks for my WordPress credentials and I give it and my password and it still does not approve me. Not sure what else I can do:) May this be a better year for us all and you and your family, and all the important education you are giving and your passionate blog for helping the marginalized and abused by the bullies of this world. You are a role model for touching people and bringing real changes in their lives.. Blessings!

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      • cheriewhite says:

        Thank you so much, Karima. And I’m so sorry you aren’t able to comment. WP has a lot of bugs and there are other bloggers who tell me the same. I’ve reported the problem several times but it seems I’m getting nowhere with it. Again, thank you so much for your kindness. It means a lot. ❤❤❤

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  11. Samreen Asad says:

    Such profound thoughts habeebity, so many truths there. It really was a year of insanity, absurdity but in some way this year has taught me so much. Value of time, loved ones, who your real friends are, if any, because people come to you for benefits, Covid came in and you must have also seen people change and now irony of life people again changed as things started to get better. But I feel so happy and blessed to meet some of the very best people here, strangers whom I have never met but not strangers anymore. ❤️❤️🤗🤗❤️❤️ Beautifully written as always, I shouldn’t say this I guess because I think myself so meagre to judge your beautiful words. Love and hugs always🤗🤗🤗❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    • You know, UmAnzar, you can always say anything you wish about my poetry..even if you don’t like it or agree, please feel free to always tell me:) We are friends and even friends see things differently at times. I agree with you, This hard year brought some good things too.. you for one:)🤗 and so many new poetic friends that I met this year After being on WordPress for 10 years !! haha, I finally found the community:):) When we connect with each other, through our stories or art, or poetry..we really are no longer strangers..just friends, who probably will not meet face to face..but once the connection is made, it is up to us to keep it going..and it is possible.. as you see with Natasha Randt and myself, making videos together going on 9 years and never seeing each other in the real life. I hope this next year is a better one for you and for all. May you and your family thrive, be healthy and happy and full of love and Life’s experiences.. and may you keep writing and sharing your beautiful thoughts with us all. Love and light always …❤️🤗🙏💐⭐️

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      • Samreen Asad says:

        I know habeebity, you are kind to say that🙂❤️ but even if I will not understand sometime in the future what you wrote, I will ask you to explain but will always like it. 😊🥰 Yes, it’s true being friends we should say our likes and dislikes but your life experiences, your wisdom i can never question, you can tell me anytime about me or my work, would be appreciated by me so much 🙂 wow I didn’t know you never met Natasha, 9 years MashaAllah 😊❤️ it’s all love that keeps us all together 🤗 Thank you soo much for your blessings and wishes and I wish you and your loved ones the same habeebity 🌟🌟🌻✨✨🥰🥰❤️❤️🤗🤗

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    • My dear friend, UmAnzar,(how is that little tornado today? MashAllah) Now you see why I do believe we don’t have to be in the same country or the same space, to make a connection, a good one , beneficial for both, as I have experienced this with Natascha. Two people can share ideas, their art, their hopes and fears and their friendship from great distances. I remember in the 80’s before the internet, we had pen pals, people we wrote to from far away, and sometimes, those connections stayed a long time, for many years! As said in an earlier post, I am so happy to have met you, Alhamdulillah, and know that I cherish your words, your poetry, your way of being and expressing yourself, as you say you do mine. May we both feel the creative desire to share our thoughts and memories, our hopes and even fears in our poetry and in our friendship..Love and many hugs, UmJulian:) ❤️🤗🤗🙏🙏❤️🌺🌼🌹🌸

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      • Samreen Asad says:

        Dearest UmJulian, little tornado is doing good Alhamdulillah 😀 Yes, habeebity many a times all it requires to be close is understanding and love, not the distance. Thank you soooo much for all your love and InshaAllah we will continue to share our stories of life. I will share my stories and love and in return I will be getting so much of life lessons to learn from you UmJulian love and big hugs ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗🤗

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  12. Happy new year🎉

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  13. What a lovely message. 🍀🙏🍀 The world you imagine is full of love and hopes. I want to stay there too. Wish that your year, if we really can confine time in such terms, be the best you’ve ever had. But even more than that I wish you keep spreading love, and joy. Karima, my poet friend, you are awesome. 🙏🍀🍀🙏

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    • Somehow I missed your comment Sundaram and it is a beauty among your always inspiring comments.. Really hoping this year is better for us all..and for you in every way ny dear friend…So happy and feeling lucky to have met you in 2020…Be healthy, happy and writing your heart out in 2021. Blessings Sundaram, my special one:):) ❤️🤗🙏🌹

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