New Year’s Day

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New Year’s Day

Tragedy through diodes.

Light blue particles shifting,

setting in motion,

lives focused on a shoe

lost in snow.

A mother is draped in colors.

Iraq now framed by

going and returning.

All the bodies came home,

but minds were left in arid space

among the debris of failed elections.

Celebrants were gunned down

by the detritus of a war,

borne of greed, as the

lone soldier, weaponry still

engaged in the long nights of sand,

trades heat for cold, life for death,

a shoe left for someone to find,

perhaps by a child he orphaned,

on a day after the night,

when the sky exploded

in color, and I was safe

with your lips on mine.


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