“A happy New Year! Grant that I
May bring no tear to any eye
When this New Year in time shall end
Let it be said I’ve played the friend,
Have lived and loved and labored here,
And made of it a happy year.”
– Edgar Guest
I am a quotes guy so you think I could easily find a quote to start off this New Year. But that proved to be more difficult than I imagined. Even my hero Will Rogers let me down; he just didn’t seem to have much to say about New Years day. But I did finally find a simple but good one from Edgar Guest. I know it is really a poem but who says a quote can’t be a poem? As far as I know poems don’t have any rules and neither do quotes. You are probably like me and asking “who is Edgar Guest?” That is one of the fun things about always looking for new things, we come across people who we do not yet have the pleasure of knowing.
Edgar Guest, according to Wikipedia, was born in England in 1881 and came to America with his family in 1891. He later became a copy boy and then a reporter for the Detroit Free Press. He published his first poem in 1898 at the tender age of 17. Here is some more that Wikipedia says about him.
From his first published work in the Detroit Free Press until his death in 1959, Guest penned some 11,000 poems which were syndicated in some 300 newspapers and collected in more than 20 books, including A Heap o’ Livin’ (1916) and Just Folks (1917). Guest was made Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet to have been awarded the title.
His popularity led to a weekly Detroit radio show which he hosted from 1931 until 1942, followed by a 1951 NBC television series, A Guest in Your Home.
Wow, 11,000 poems! Now that guy could write. I have now read a few of them and I can say that Edgar is one of my favorite poets; not that I have many others. 🙂 I’m sure there are lots of great resolutions made today that will end up on the trash heap in a month or less. But I think Edgar came up with the perfect one. While I have never been much of a poetry lover, I have got to get to know him a little better.
Plain and simple, I pray that I don’t cause anyone pain in the coming year and that I play the part of friend at least a few times. I also hope that I make you smile a few times with my words in the coming year.