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Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 06:00 pm

Newyear’spoem #7

well now it’s new year’s again
an occasional poem is written
for an occasion: robert frost
wrote one for JFK maya angelou
wrote one for bill clinton but
when wordsworth was england’s
poet laureate he refused to write
occasional poems; they are not
usually the poet’s best work.
still, here is an occasion. my wish
for twenty eleven is that the large
hadron collider now finished after
fifteen years manages to find a higg
maybe two, and the yellow legged
frog now twenty-five adults away
from extinction (180 frog species
have already gone missing in
recent years; shouldn’t that alarm
us?) anyway I wish the couple
dozen or so pampered pollywogs
just released from careful lab
rearing into their native streams
thrive to breed more pollywogs
me? oh I just wish to finish the
book I began when I was fifteen

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