(12.09.1953 / Ndola, Zambia)

New Year, Old Misfit

If new year clones the repast
It devoured yesterday
The present no better than the past
It's time to kneel and pray.

If new year swims in reverse
Hoping to forge ahead
New days reap a curse
That jinxes and hexes more than a head in bed.

If new year regurgitates mistakes
Made in the previous life
Claiming new year's gaining new stakes
It's time to cleanse insanity and strife.

If new year dons new outfit
But repeats past insanities
New year metamorphoses into a misfit
That indulges in popular profanities.

by John Sensele

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