Focus, if you will,
On the Seventh Day of Christmas
When you were gifted
Seven Swans a-swimming
Symbolising the Seven Sacraments
The mystical channels of Grace.
Of Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation,
Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick,
Ordination, and Marriage,
Concentrate on Reconciliation.
Of Confession, Penance, Self-Reflection,
Remorse, Pardon, Absolution, Restitution,
And Renewal, double down on Renewal.
For Renewal is what you need every moment,
Every day, every time, every step of the way,
And it comes when you stop for Self-Reflection.
Partridges, blackbirds, hens, or geese:
What really do you need from these?
Rings or drums or pipes or pears
Will not take away your tears.
Lords and Ladies, pipers, maids
Of all colours, hues, and shades
Drummers, doves, dancers and dames
Won’t help you achieve your aims.
Reflect, regret, reform, re-start,
Restitute and renew.
As a new year begins,
It’s the best you can do.
(Pen Name of Amita Paul) I am a retired civil servant but at heart a poet and teacher. I write, mostly poetry, in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. I was awarded the NISSIM International Poetry Award (First Prize) 2019 and then the Reuel International Award 2020 for Non-Fiction Prose by The Significant League, a well- known Creative Writing Group on Facebook. In January 2021, the Destiny International Community of Poets based out of Wakefield, England, UK declared me Winner of their Poet of the Year 2020 as well as Critic of the Year 2020 Awards. My poem 'The View from a Porthole' was chosen as the first among two featured poems on the NaPoWriMo website in April 2021. My poetry has been featured regularly in every issue of the monthly poetry e-magazine GloMag edited by Glory Sasikala and published from Chennai in India for over a year now. Recently, several of my poems have been included in ‘Impressions and Expressions', an anthology of international poetry published on Kindle in June 2021, and in the Yugen Quest Review: The Magic of Poetry, an anthology of poetry published by the Women Empowered group on the internet in July 2021.