29 December 2012

Year's End

Image by our in house photographer. Who doesn't love a spot of vintage champagne during the festive season? I'm told champagne and poetry make excellent companions. Barbara adores the poem below by Richard Wilbur. "Now winter downs the dying of the year" - that captures the contemplative, bitter-sweet tone of year's end so beautifully.

Year’s End
By Richard Wilbur

Now winter downs the dying of the year,
And night is all a settlement of snow;
From the soft street the rooms of houses show
A gathered light, a shapen atmosphere,
Like frozen-over lakes whose ice is thin
And still allows some stirring down within.

I’ve known the wind by water banks to shake
The late leaves down, which frozen where they fell
And held in ice as dancers in a spell
Fluttered all winter long into a lake;
Graved on the dark in gestures of descent,
They seemed their own most perfect monument.

There was perfection in the death of ferns
Which laid their fragile cheeks against the stone
A million years. Great mammoths overthrown
Composedly have made their long sojourns,
Like palaces of patience, in the gray
And changeless lands of ice. And at Pompeii

The little dog lay curled and did not rise
But slept the deeper as the ashes rose
And found the people incomplete, and froze
The random hands, the loose unready eyes
Of men expecting yet another sun
To do the shapely thing they had not done.

These sudden ends of time must give us pause.
We fray into the future, rarely wrought
Save in the tapestries of afterthought.
More time, more time. Barrages of applause
Come muffled from a buried radio.
The New-year bells are wrangling with the snow.


  1. And the year's end vibrancy shall never cease to evoke me a cyclic rinascimento, both full of hope § melancholy ("Wink from a kind aesthete") !

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  2. Oooh love this...beautiful poem and your right who doesn't like vintage champagne :) Have a great New Years

    Laura x

  3. What great words, and what a yummy looking bottle too!

  4. Great words...Happy New Year doll...I hope it will be a happy one for you with great adventure xx

  5. Coming over to share that vintage champagne with you! Happy New Year darling and next year we will be celebrating in Jamaica! One luv my sista:-)

  6. Beautiful words! Happy New Year! x

  7. Happy New Year, I am turning into a terrible wretch, I can only drink vintage champagne, the rest tastes like acid to me.

  8. What a beautiful bottle of champagne...perfect to go with the thought provoking poem. Happy New Year!

  9. Happy New Year!!!