Farewell ’15: Write a Poem of Remembrance


It is nearly the new year. 2016. Wow, it feels weird to write that!

However, before we plow ahead into goals, resolutions, and plans, the end of the year is a good time to remember and maybe catch just one more moment of 2015 before the year is gone.


The following is a poem that came to me while recovering from a Christmas asthma attack. I had been laying around reading and thinking, wondering why I push myself so hard every Christmas.

I read a blog post (I thought I had saved it so I could link it–but alas…) that reflected on the same topic. The conclusion moved me deeply. After reflecting on all the busy-ness of the season, the author gave permission to pull out all the stops and create a wonderful Christmas celebration because, Christmas is all about love–God’s incredible, wonderful, miraculous love–and if the celebration you are planning stems from your love, for God, your family, the whole crazy world, your friends, then plan a wonder-full celebration.


December 26, 2015

God did it again,
My Christmas miracle.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
A flurry of activity,
Crafting a happy Christmas
For those I love.
So busy,
Yet unstressed,
Even while on a deadline!
A Christmas of fellowship,
And deep joy,
Fueled by love,
Deep love,
His and mine.
And today?
Thank you, God!


Your poem doesn’t have to rhyme or have a beat. However, if you love rhyme schemes and meter–play away! Lately, I’ve been finding fluency in free verse.

Just think of a moment–this week, this month, maybe this season–that you’d like to hang onto. Consider:

  • Why do you want to capture it?
  • What is its significance?

I didn’t model using a lot of sensory imagery, but maybe you will want to. Maybe the sights, smells, sounds, tastes or feelings of the moment are what made it of such value.

  • What did you see?
  • What did you smell?
  • What did you hear?
  • What did you taste?
  • What did you feel?

Put it together in a poem. Just let it pour out.

Then go back and edit for sound and imagery. Use internal rhyme and alliteration. Use line breaks to emphasize what you want your reader to perceive. Then put it away and look at it tomorrow and play with it a little more.


May your 2016 be full of moments worthy of memorializing, may you live each day richly and fully, and may you find some quiet time to capture the memories.