as if it’s not
hard enough
that Christmas is over
and I have to take
the pine-needle-dropping tree down

now on its heels
comes New Year’s Eve
with its shiny resolutions
and everything-for-couples-ness
and staying up till midnight all alone

I wish one year
even just one year
we could bypass New Year’s Eve
and just wake up
to plain old January first

skip the resolutions
that no one ever keeps
and bypass the hope that comes
with turning over a new leaf
and just be content with what is