ELDER MUSIC: Toes Up in 2017 - Part 1
"Let Age Be Age"

Welcome to the New Year 2018

Ella Wheeler Wilcox was a popular and well-known poet of the late 19th and early 20th century. I know a lot about her because my mother often quoted her poetry from memory.

Wilcox is the person who wrote this that you will surely recognize – from her poem, “Solitude”.

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of it's own.

No kidding. As much as she was acclaimed in her day, Wilcox, her biographer tells us, should be considered a bad major poet.

Tell that to my mother. And me too, I suppose, having learned many of Wilcox's poems before I could read.

This is titled “1910” which, I think, pretty well sums up most years:

What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our brides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of the year.

Yes, all those things. Happy New Year, everyone.



And a Happy New Year to you, Ronni.

Thank you for this, Ronnie. Wilcox wrote poems that were simple, but touched a chord in us!

Happy New Year, Ronni! May you receive only good news this year and may both the House and Senate turn blue!

Happy New Year, Ronni! May the troubles of the last year be lifted and a healthier, happier year prevail!

Happy New Year, Ronni.

Happy New Year to you and all your followers as well.

May it be a wonderful year for you all.

Ronni - May you head into full remission and, if nothing else, stay as positive about life as you can.

Cheers to you this New Year! I'm with Florence on the House and Senate. I really enjoyed the poem, it really summs up the years perfectly. I look forward to growing our friendship this year♡.

בָּעֶרֶב, יָלִין בֶּכִי; וְלַבֹּקֶר רִנָּה | Psalm 30:6
At evening, one beds down weeping, / and in the morning, glad song.

Happy 2018
Love, Tamar

Happy New Year, Ronni and everyone!

Dear Ronni,
Thank you for posting this beautiful poem. "1910" is a masterpiece.
My mother often quoted me the first two lines of "Solitude", but I never knew the next two wonderful lines or poet's name until now. One of your readers commented that the reader response to your blog was like a cybercafe that has generated its own community . So true, and I wish all of my fellow journeymen and women the best for 2018.
warm best ( from freezing nyc)

Happy New Year Ronni and cyber friends!

Happy New Year, Ronnie. And to you all.

Used as either a curse or a blessing, the phrase " May you live in interesting times" certainly does apply to 2017.
This past year has seen life-changing events for many of us. From a worrying diagnosis to a meaner, more uncaring congress and (if nothing else) and ignorant POTUS which sets 2018 up to be even more "interesting."
What will the new year bring? It's hard to know. But I know one thing.
As Edmund Burke once said...“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing." Now, there's something to think about.

Happy New Year to Ronni and her many readers! Blessings!

Wilcox may be a bad major poet but her observations still ring true!

Happy New Ronni. May many blessings come to you and us all this new year.

I'm with all of you & especially with Bruce Cooper. I hope to heaven there is someone who can find a way to "retire" * & do it quickly.

And May this be the best year for you Ronni. Dee:)

Wishing 2017 a not-so-fond farewell and welcoming new beginnings! Wishing to us all a year of health and only happy adventures! May your health news be good this year and for many years to come, Ronni!

Happy and Healthy New Year to all--except The Orange Apparition and his vulture capitalist cronies! My 2018 wishes for tRump include a quick indictment, trial and appropriate consequences--for his courtship of Putin and all the other bad things he is doing to our country to enrich himself and said cronies.

Happy New Year — may you have many pleasure-filled days in the year ahead.

You can say that again, Elizabeth Rogers! Dee:)

Though I was not familiar with Wilcox by name, or her poetry, I had heard some of her better-known short quotes over the years, just not aware of their source. It was interesting reading a little about her, and I was especially touched to learn that she advocated a 'Religion of Kindness,' particularly in discouraging the killing of birds and fur-bearing animals for the purpose of decorating hats, coats and other items, or simply for sport.

I learned this from a 1914 Los Angeles Herald article titled, "Be Kind to Animals - Religion of Kindness is What This Sad World Needs Most Today." She was lamenting an outcry from women across the country protesting the enforcement of a law forbidding wearing the plumage of egrets and other dead birds. The final two sentences of the article read, "Instruct your children and other children in the Religion of Kindness. That is the religion needed in the world today. " More than a century later, that message is as timely as it was then.

Happy New Year and wishing everyone here a kinder, gentler 2018!

Thanks for the simple but wise poem. And may 2018 bring you more laughing than weeping, more hope than fear. Happy New Year!

Thanks for a year of fine writing, observations, Ronni. Many blessings for 2018 to you.

Ronni, I agree 100% with everything all our mutual friends have said in these comments.
They have expressed all my thoughts and more - Can't think of anything more to add.

Just want to tell you how much I have appreciated all the posts and the support you have given my all the years we have know each other. How can I thank you for that!

And a very Happy 2018 to you Ronni and to all who visit Ronni's cafe.
I feel hopeful a tidal wave of good fortune is coming our way.
Starting with saying good bye to the Orange Menace in DC.

Happy New Year to Ronni and to everyone on TGB. We lived through another one (by the skin of our teeth). Bless us all.

Happy New Year to your Ronni and all the wonderful tribe you've assembled here.

Still keeping on keeping on ...

Happy New Year to you, Ronni, and all assembled here. I sincerely hope Chancy (Janet) is right about the tidal wave of good fortune! And, janinsanfran, I feel almost like we’re neighbors — I’m in San Jose.


Here's another from the Bay Area contingent wishing all of us, especially Ronni, the best of everything in 2018.

And another Bay Area (peninsula) resident sending good vibes for a stellar 2018.

Let's shine brightly and break on through to the other side.

Happy *New* Year!

Well, I'll add my happy new year wishes down here at the bottom in hopes it will be a year of far less drama.

And a better and happier year to you too Ronni!

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