New Year Is Far by “Diane” (Draft 1)

New Year Is Far by “Diane”

New Years is so hard when
you are away from the dance we did
when I twirled my skirt and
I fluffed you with my love

I’m saving a seat at the table for you
whenever you come and touch my face

I had a dream last night that
I had a drink of you, and
I was high

But you are away, and
still for my family I’m
making corned beef, cabbage
potatoes and carrots, but
when I crunch I
think I hear your voice.

Mom is bringing bread
and I will spread a prayer
beyond the butter for you

because

I wish you were here.

— Douglas Gilbert

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