2016 led so many astray,
While I’ve only begun to find my way.
What started with goodbye, that was fleeting,
Ended with the most sincere greeting;
To starting again,
Moving past “remember when.”
Waking at the break of dawn.
Waiting for Drill Sergeants to be gone.
Training felt like a lifetime,
But ended in a summer, sublime.
From changes of heart
Due to time too long apart,
To changes of thought
From the love he brought.
Until tears washed my face,
So I could relinquish the chase.
Still the top of my class,
But my mind, as fragile as glass.
One step closer to a degree,
If I can keep a hold on me.
Winter break was a reprieve,
So again, in myself, I could believe.
2017 presents opportunity,
To contrast last year’s irresponsibility:
A chance to grow older,
And let the past grow colder
Until all thoughts turn to change,
Letting my life rearrange
To the one God will revere.
Here’s to a new year.