Poetry in Print: Love on New Year's


New Year’s folklore says
on the eve to fill your
pockets with coins and
your cupboards with food

and if the new year
comes in this way it
will provide abundance
for your family this annum

So if we fill our hearts
with love on the eve
of the new year then
love will be in abundance

Call it a resolution or prayer
a hope or even superstition
but it has its own great power
when we but speak the word   


McCloud is an adjunct professor of American history at Rogers State University in Oklahoma. His critically-acclaimed book of poetry, The Smell of the Light, was published earlier this year by Balkan Press.
In 1989, the University of Oklahoma Press published his book entitled “What Should We Tell Our Children About Vietnam?”
McCloud lives in Pryor, OK.