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Phoenix rising 

Out of the ashes of a year
So incomprehensible
In its universal tragedy
But like new shoots
Green and tender
Sprouting in barren ground
Everywhere were helpers
And life went on as always
With joys and sorrows
Contentment and anger
Behind the masks and distancing
Into this new year
Ever moving forward
Inevitably and full of promise
Into the future
Same as it ever is
Leaving each of us the gift
Of choosing to embrace
Or fight what comes
Knowing however it unfolds
How individually we respond
Is always a reflection
Of what is in our hearts
Our magic and strength
Accepting what is in our heart
Then making it better

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