December 31st

Today I saw
the last day

Today I smelt
garlic, onions, and herbs
trapped, fried
in balls of grease.

Today I heard
Pops! Bangs! and Pows!
that singled the entrance
of things to come.

Today I tasted
fresh, clean, tart berries and fruits,
set next to long-noodle soup,
to signify good health for the new year.

Today I felt
my husband’s caress
as I drifted off to sleep
hours before the ball dropped.

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