For the New Year

For the New Year
Kris Boyer

In the 12 months preceding
there have been flashes of greatness
5:00 a.m. jogging
5:15 a.m. panting
…inhaler…
7:00 a.m. crunches
7:15 a.m. pulled muscles
…ice…or was it heat?…

In the 12 months preceding
there have been flashes of defeat
8:00 p.m. chocolate bar
8:15 p.m. regret
…milk…mmm…
10:00 p.m. ice cream, with sprinkles
10:15 p.m. belly ache
…acid pill…no sleep…

The fireworks have flown in London
I’ve 5 hours to mutter another year’s worth of resolutions
Or maybe I’ll defy the old man and stand my ground
“Be damned the resolutions!” with a fiery fist to the sky

May my life not be determined by tick marks on a wristband
or progress and regress scaled on an LED screen
May my life be full of living
May my life be.

 

KRIS BOYER

Kris L. Boyer is a Carroll County resident. She recently completed her AA at Carroll Community College and is currently researching colleges from which to earn her BA.  As a wife and mother of two, who is also working full time as a manager, she finds time to write during the wee hours at both ends of the day.

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