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  • Katie Kemp

New Year, New Word

Like a compass for the new year,


You’ll find words that catch your heart,


Depths that have yet to be understood,


Hidden.


Until the quiet of your stillness


And months of living


Reveal their meanings.


They might travel for miles and miles with you,


Wrapped in stories the whole year through


And then you’ll see why, back then,


they caught you as they did.


So when you hear a word


That sticks up under your ribs, tingling within,


A word dripping with gravity,


Pay attention.


As monarchs know their flight path


Generations before and after


So are you following


Your sacred journey.


Attune your heart


To a knowing beyond yourself,


Asking you to trust a future


Bent toward promises


That the whole of the story is for you,


The whole of the story is good.