**Objective:**
Compose a poem that encapsulates the transition from the old year to the new, utilizing a metaphor that symbolizes this transformation. Consider employing vivid imagery and sensory details to convey a sense of renewal and possibility.

**Exercise Steps:**

**Reflection:**
Start by reflecting on the past year. Consider pivotal moments, challenges overcome, personal growth, and lessons learned. Write a few lines or stanzas summarizing these reflections.

**Imagery and Symbolism:**
Think about symbols associated with the New Year (such as fireworks, the clock striking midnight, a blank page, etc.). Create a list of these symbols and brainstorm associated emotions, colors, sounds, and sensory experiences.

**Form and Structure:**
Choose a poetic form that resonates with you—free verse, sonnet, haiku, or any other form. Each form has its own rules and patterns. Experiment with different structures to see what suits your reflections best.

**Emotion and Tone:**
Determine the emotional tone of your poem. Do you want it to be hopeful, introspective, nostalgic, or celebratory? Consider the language and tone that will convey the mood you desire.

**Drafting and Revision:**
Write a first draft of your poem, incorporating the reflections, imagery, chosen form, and emotional tone. Don’t worry too much about perfection initially. Let your thoughts flow. Then, revise and refine your work, paying attention to rhythm, word choice, and overall coherence.

**Sharing and Feedback:**
Share your poem with a trusted friend or here. Listen to feedback and consider all perspectives. Even perspectives you disagree with. Reflect on how your poem resonates with others and whether it effectively conveys your intended emotions and ideas.

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