A Poem for the New Year

I am starting a new year with this blank page,
With a blank mind, with hope that I will find
Whatever it is that I have been searching for my entire life.
And I used to write to explore the void
That filled me up inside,
To lament to woes of an
Always heartbroken, helpless little girl.
I used to write instead of facing
The fears I created for myself.
While I have never been one to make
And keep some ever wise resolution,
I decided to keep one promise to myself:
From this day forward I shall say what I feel--
Feel what I say without fear of failure
Or Retribution, without fear of humiliation.

                                                         January 2, 1999
                                                       --Kim Clemente