New year’s poem – Susie Sweetland

New year’s poem


Late at night on a roof

surrounded by smoke

and effigies burning

in every direction

I see the furniture

shop across the street

is full of people



I love you like

the sun and moon

stars and sky,

but closer,

like an oft read book

whose well worn cover

fits perfectly into my hands,

both comforting

and exciting,

new and old,

unknown and familiar.


Rain returns like

an old friend


and greedily I

gather you both

back to me.

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