Written by Phillip Woodruff

 

to the year that has passed and all its happenstance 

so long 

 

to all the crosswords left unsolved 

farewell 

 

to the books i stack everywhere

have faith

 

to the sky that does not know if it wants to rain or snow 

may you find peace 

 

to my neighbor who rakes the leaves that fall from my tree on his lawn

i wave from my window 

 

to all the dead batteries in the back of the desk drawer 

i’m sure we’ll meet again 

 

to last year’s new year’s eve seven-layer dip on the bottom shelve of the fridge 

sorry i let you down

 

to the empty gum wrapper blowing around in the gutter 

enjoy your travels

 

to the cable tv news and the loons who scream on the bus 

good show 

 

to all the potholes on east alameda avenue that never get fixed 

stay true 

 

and to the new year that approaches with all its nervous verve 

i say 

ok 

 

Text © Phillip Woodruff

 

 

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