January 10th

Today I saw messages
on wrappers accrue.
One of them says,
“power through.”

I also smelt peppery pasta.
basil leaves so summer green.
A healthy dinner.
Noodles made of beans.

Broccoli enshrined
in potatoes and cheese
a most delectable
Swedish cuisine.

I hear strings vibrate,
down empty halls,
Viva la Vida
silence stalls.

Fear felt as trees bend
like innocents caught in a war
getting home safely
is what’s called for.