new year’s day

Every sunrise marks a new day,

But only some begin a new year.

It’s a day like any other

Made significant by fresh calendars,

Resolutions bound to go unmet,

Empty bottles,

Smeared mascara,

Sore hips from sleeping on a floor

That isn’t your’s.

This year,

There will be no parties,

Or strangers,

Champagne corks,

Shared joints.

As always,

You wake up with the same zits and scars

The same shames and flaws.

It will be a night like any other

Full of calm and solitude.

I’ll be in bed by 10 p.m.

And awake in the morning

To greet the first rising sun

Since 2021.