New Year’s Triptych – Lorraine Caputo

Outside the empty
       streets echo
            with blasts of fireworks
To scare away the demons
       that lurk in the shadows
            of time a-changing

& within this silent house
      my mind echoes
Scare away those demons
        of war, hunger, disease
Scare away those demons
        of misery & poverty
Scare away those demons
        of corporate greed
            that is destroying this planet

At midnight
      the streets fall silent
I eat a grape
         at each stroke of the hour
& wish
      May there be no war
         & wish
      May there be peace on earth

& then
      more cracks to scare
         the last demons away

Come dawn
     & the smell of a fire
         creeps along the
           abandoned streets
A police car’s red-blue-red-blue-
      yellow lights silently
         reflect off windows

Standing in the
      ochre fog that slithers
         past sleeping homes
           & closed shops
I look for an answer
      of what this new year
           may hold


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