Happy New Year?

Happy New Year?

A Poem by Pete

not a true story - i kept driving past the line as i wondered what it was for (the only thing i could think of was covid testing)

driving past city hall today
long line of people snaking down the sidewalk waiting to go inside
curious, thinking maybe it's some sort of holiday giveaway, i parked the car and took my place in the line
waited for what seemed like forever
excitement building

at long last
finally made it inside
a woman tells me i've tested positive for covid and need to stay home alone for ten days
"happy new year", she says as i turn to walk out

© 2021 Pete

Author's Note

"Each new year is a surprise to us. We find that we had virtually forgotten the note of each bird, and when we hear it again, it is remembered like a dream, reminding us of a previous state of existence. How happens it that the associations it awakens are always pleasing, never saddening, reminiscences of our sanest hours. The voice of nature is always encouraging." - Thoreau

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Added on December 29, 2021
Last Updated on December 29, 2021



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