new year’s day 2006


the new year wails in
on banshee muddied paws
another case of neglect
another case of a broken heart
another case of one too many beers
and a party that refuses to quit
there goes the president
with his groovy smirk
while 12 car bombs celebrate
religious diversity in baghdad

oh god it’s good to be alive
even when the skies are puking blood
and the neighbors’ romance
has escalated into a street fight —
i’ve got all these friends with fur
who don’t speak a lick of english,
but it translates to me
as love love looove

okay now
pull yourself a pint of guinness
lace the top with bailey’s
drop in a shot glass of jameson’s
and drink it down
before it curdles

wendy shaffer


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