Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

New Year’s Day

It’s the clean slate,
the board washed of yesterday,
a new document page,
a big open space under “Comments.”
The sun rises over and outshines
the fireworks display of last night,
the glitter and silver
of your mother’s party wear.
Today lends a new brightness
to snow and sand, benches and backyards,
and to all your fresh plans,
even if it’s a cloudy day.
This year makes a resolution
to be like no other year for the next 12 months.
You dive bravely
into its whirlwind of weeks.
And later fondly remember and passionately forget
red-letter and grey-letter days
in a black-and-white sort of way,
but never cease to be part of this year
For the rest of your life.
CynthiaGallaherCynthia Gallaher has published three full poetry collections and two chapbooks, most recently Omnivore Odes: Poems About Food, Herbs and Spices (Finishing Line Press, 2013). The Chicago Public Library lists her among its “Top 10 Requested Chicago Poets.” You can find her at and/or her blog site:

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