DEAR READERS OF POEMS,  I wasn’t going to write a poem today.  Only a note thanking you all for being HERE wherever HERE is, for being part of this funny experiment to try to say something every day.  For trying to write a poem.  I am grateful for the chance, and for having you with me.  I hope you all come over in 2019 to have some champagne together.


Not to resolve is what I resolve re solve sounds like a problem that  might not

ever go away what i might or might not do the arbitrary way  logical people define

absolutes how is midnight different from

11:59 still Another Chance the idea

that This Year This Year This Year is when we

who had a hard time with last year with a person

whose name will never be in  these poems who may

be  out or on his way  replaced by women

young people who have good ideas about this world

and as for what else, all that I will not resolve.  I’ll try instead

to hear more music, to open my arms wider, to read more

of other people’s beautiful sentences. And write a few myself.


Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.


  1. I love receiving your poems, touching the world through your great and listening heart, feeling less lonely because you are here and care to connect with us each day. Thank you and nothing but blessings for the coming year.

  2. thank you for being present as you are, and as you are with us, dear esther. it makes all the difference.

    with gratitude and love,


  3. We, as always, really enjoyed this New Year’s piece. Love to you and Peter and wishing you, and all of us, a better 2019, and especially 2020.

  4. Esther, reading your poems always seem to be an experience in time travel for me. They often conger up a picture from the late 50’s early 60’s …some at Peck where we first met, some at AHS. The poems may not be specific to a memory but sometimes trigger one. Thanks and Happy New Year.

  5. I’ve enjoyed reading your poems throughout the year. Thank you for these.
    For the next year (and forever) I’m adopting your lines:

    “I’ll try instead

    to hear more music, to open my arms wider, to read more

    of other people’s beautiful sentences. And write a few myself.”
    Happy New Year, New Adventures

  6. Sending you my best wishes for a prolifically wondrous and healthy 2019! And thank you for 2018 — generously sharing your friends, neighbors, family and all else with us through your beautiful arrangement of words on a page!

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