Today's Beautiful Gem: `New Year' by the Japanese poet
Ohotomo no Sukune Yakamochi (8th century), translated by Clara Walsh.

" 'Tis the New Year
Already dawneth the Spring, with promise bright.
On our dear land may countless blessings light,
As countless as the snowflakes that are falling!"

Om s'aantih: Peace! - J. K. Mohana Rao