January 1, 2009 Garden Bloggers' Muse Day Tribute

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
- Arthur O'Shaughnessy

The new year greeted me with crystals and ice.

And gave me time to reflect on the year ahead. The time to build my list of new year's resolutions. A list involving music and dreams, sea-breakers and streams.

O'Shaughnessey's second stanza of Ode states, in essence, that art of any form can build up great cities, the power of a dream can conquer a kingdom, and a new song can replace an old or entrenched art form.

So, in 2009 I resolve to make lots of music, dream millions of dreams, wander miles of lone sea-breakers, sit by an endless number of desolate streams and watch with anticipation the great movers and shakers of 2009 who will shape the course of history in the year ahead.

Welcome new year.


  1. Lovely photos! I am excited to see what the New Year will bring. May yours be Happy and Healthy.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Sweet Home and garden Chicago and leaving your comments.

    I love the poem you've chosen for New Year's. Please join us on the first of every month.

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  4. I learned this poem as a teenager, and it is has been one of my favourites ever since. Beautiful words and pictures Ann.