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new year's eve

BY HALLIE DONG (staff writer)



here,

in America,


fireworks shoot up


up

up


into skies,

making night bright as day


in the apartment window

of a college student—

she holds her glass to the moon

and toasts for health,

for happiness, for good grades.

she drinks,

contents sparkling down her throat.


she feels new,

she feels old,

she feels everything in-between.


in Spain,

an old man counts

twelve grapes,

eats them to the gongs

of the church bells

at midnight


onetwothreefourfivesixseveneightnineteneleventwelve


once upon a time

he was told they would bring him

wealth,

fortune,

success,

but he does it now just to remember

what it was like

to hope


in Colombia,

a young mother carries her

daughter in her arms,

running through the streets

with empty suitcases in hand.

once upon a time, they’d

wish for a travel-filled year,

but now they can feel

the emptiness within

the suitcases more than

ever, their leadweight

heavier than full ones.


Denmark starts it with a

CRASH

and a

BANG,

china plates smashed to pieces

on doorsteps of loved ones.

it feels backwards—

it always has—

but sometimes a backwards beginning is just

what you need for a forwards ending,

propelling you to the next


beginning.


dear

2021,

you were not good,

nor bad,

nor shimmery, nor gooey, nor vivid,

because years don’t hold denotations


we do.


2021,


your job was to lay the path before us,

carve the way between us,

but we walk through the door,

one foot in front of the other,

paving our way to the future.


2021,


these stories of people

around the world

who celebrate you

in ways vastly different

yet still remain true—

we remain united

because of you.


because you—

the passing of time,

the celebration of the old,

the coming of the new,

the gathering of loved ones—

you create culture.


2021,


thank you.


and in a world

where it gets harder

and harder to become starry-eyed,

to appreciate differences

without labeling them abnormalities—


we welcome you.


2022.





Sources:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/38341760

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