“New Year’s Eve”
About as far from Earth Day
as you can get,
a time many choose to hydrate
with alcohol instead of h20
-if that is even possible-
and try to see the road ahead
-apparently while driving drunk
(This is a metaphor of course I would never advocate drinking and driving, always use a designated driver, please don’t sue me).
Couples kiss when the ball drops
(speaking of metaphors)
beneath a brilliant, hearty neon ad
for the sponsor of
Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.
Mimes, those urban pariahs, skulk along the sidelines
hoping to catch the cameras
even as they mock the celebrations
with their silence.
but head over heels couples
-once stirred from their warm embraces-
apply the phrase literally
to the nearby mimes,
-the mockers of their mirth,
pretenders of their passion,
and throw them in the nearest waste receptacle
(a fitting resting place for those white-painted imitators)
the next day
in the bright light of dawn
they are extracted by local garbagemen
and removed with the rest of the refuse.
A lone reveler,
by the sun’s brilliant beams,
yawns and quips,
“He had a little too much to drink, Ossifer!”
Then, seeming to shrug off the previous night’s intoxication,
looks at the yard
-the ripped streamers,
broken discarded bottles,
and dropped foodstuffs now feeding the local pigeons-
and bends to pick up his first bit of trash.
** This is a repost from my old blog that I thought would be fun to share again today. It was written during April of 2015 for National Poetry month and inspired by one of the daily prompts posted by the Cuyahoga County Public Library system.