I swung over to check out Neil Peart’s page, which has received a December update, where he mentions a poem “The Gate of The Year.” (The poem itself comes off, on first read as a bit depressing as it talks about death, but is also encouraging for those of Christian faith as it suggests that God is the light and the guide… read it for yourself, and see what you think here: http://www.geocities.com/piers_clement/gate.html .)
Anyway, the poem aside, the opening couplet is a great image to me:
“I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year /
‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.'”
Since we are into the last half of December, we are at this year’s gate… in two weeks we will be starting 2007, and the events that shall be unfolded within that year (and beyond, but I prefer to be a little on the short-sighted side for events – longer term for planning)…
Just a bit of philosophy to start the week, I guess. I just felt the need to write about that poem. On a different note, I actually remembered my flash drive today, so I can try to put more words down either towards the novel, or do some work on another project (notes and outline for an older project that I have been tinkering with)….