Illustration by Yaoyao Ma Van As

first of the year
our cellphones on the nightstand
pulsate against the surface
the hum of well wishes and jamboree
frigid sounds of social living  
in a contemporary world

i am awake,
finally awake

stepping out to greet the morning
the brisk san francisco cold

chilling the warmth our love left on my skin
under the moon from the night past
a theft i resent

thoughtful stroll
full of passersby
unfamiliar neighbors with familiar dogs that greet mine
closing in on the distance their handlers create
a hint of our big city life

leisure steps making mental future plans
shedding last year’s regrets
like old skin


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