Today, I start anew....

I wake in the morning light...
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I wake in the morning blinking in the light…

I rub the sleep out and struggle upright…

I look out the window at the bright colored dawn…

I feel so tired, exhausted and worn…

Today, I start anew....

I rise to my feet with a stretch and a yawn…

I wash and I dress so I can face the morn…

I make my coffee not weak but strong…

I eat a breakfast of a muffin from corn…

Today, I start anew....

It has been rough, these past few days…

Death stalked us in so many ways…

A mother, an Aunt, a friend so true…

Making us sad and oh so blue…

Today, I start anew....

But I can’t quit now, I need to live…

My life reflects the love I give…

I need to look ahead not back…

I need to find the things I lack…

Today, I start anew….

So every morn from now ‘til death…

I will wake in the light from my rest…

I will smile at myself because I woke…

And get to spend another day of hope…

Start life anew...
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Today, I start anew….

Each morning I will awake renewed…

And say these words in the morning’s hue…

“Today I am grateful for all I can do…”

“Today I am going to start anew…"


I dedicate this poem to all in the world who are suffering from pain and/or loss. I wrote it because I have been feeling down a lot lately due to several deaths in the family and all around us. I have been wondering lately if life was worth living if we had to suffer so much pain and grief. I suddenly realized that the pain and grief were all a part of a larger circle called life and that we have to take the good with the bad. So, I hope that in the future I truly can "START ANEW" with each new day. I also hope that this poem helps others who are experiencing such sadness and pain to smile and "START ANEW", because, as the song goes--We Are The World!

© 2012 Cheryl Simonds

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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

This is very touching. I feel your pain as today is the birthday of my Mom who died a little over a year ago.

I have one better for you. Your grief gives you strength which you are suppose to be doing something with. Death is an awakening for which you are summoned to rise and start over but grief is the engine that gives you the strenth to carry on. I wouldn't have believed it a year ago either. But if you can channel your grief it can be highly productive for you towards your new beginning.

Love the poem and glad you kept writing.


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you so much, JT, for your words of strength and encouragement. Sometimes I think I am doing alright and sometimes I feel I'm falling, but the writing helps so much to keep me going. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. And I'm sorry about you Mom, but with a daughter like you I am sure she is smiling over you and your son.

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JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

Thanks Cherlyone,

I can only hope so. Grief is a process though. I thought I was all done with grief until my Mom's birthday came and then it was a hard day. I am okay today. But grief can wash over you like a wave still even a year later. That pain is there for a reason and it is to motivate you to press on and you have by writing.

Thanks again for your kind words.


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Grief never lets go, but it does give way to beautiful memories. I have tried to let some of my pain go with my writing, and, you are right, I have. thank you.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is beautiful,so sorry for your loss and pain. The loss of a loved one is never easy. Keep writing cherylone it helps and I hope as you write out what you feel that the strong emotion will continue to lessen in time, take care.

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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

carter06, thank you for your kind words. It's been rough, but we are all rallying. Writing helps. thanks you for stopping by and commenting.

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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Very beautiful poetry Cheryl. I am sorry for your losses and wish you all the best.

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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you carolinemd21, for your kind words. I have learned to use the written word to help with the pain and it has helped tremendously. Glad you stopped by.

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dreamseeker2 3 years ago

Awesome poem and very encouraging, even for those who just feel discouraged! : ) Had to be voted up, for sure!!!

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cherylone 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

dreamseeker2, thanks for the votes and the comment! I hope others can read this and feel encouraged.

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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


Yes! "To start anew" is the goal and your poem so beautifully describes how it can be particularly difficult when dealing with grief. Voted Up!

Best Always,


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cherylone 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you so much for your kind words. I truly enjoyed writing this one as it helped me to deal with life's pitfalls. Thank you for commenting. I hope I can inspire many who are suffering from loss or are just down in the dumps.

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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

cherylone..I am so sorry for your loss.. how ironic that death makes us reflect on our own self-worth. I have always felt empathy/apathy for others...but it was not until " crap " hit me 7 yrs ago that made me even more determined to fight back all negatives in life...I try to make it a point to start each day as " anew "...sorry I never saw this post sooner...enjoy Sunday..

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cherylone 3 years ago from Connecticut Author

Glad you found it, kj. My loss had been difficult and I appreciate your sympathy. I made my way back to this poem when my father passed away only weeks ago. It helped me to keep going. I hope all is well with you and I am glad you try to 'start anew'.

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