Goodbye, 2018

from Year of The Bird (Volume 4) by Pale Bird



Photographing your food is a hipster millennial grace
Showing some thanks to other instagram users
That you have some food to shove into your face
It’s been a wonderful adventure
It’s been a horrendous ordeal
I hate that you went through that assault course of misery
I’m grateful for every meal

Now I know the music is conveying
A cheerfulness and resolution
Not justified by anything we’ve seen
But I think we can agree
It was pretty bracing to be alive in 2018

It’s truly that time of the year
To cast our hopefulness aside
To wrap up in paper and ribbon and bow
And put in our cupboard this piece of our lives

When I wake up on January 1st
I’ll still be full up of hunger and thirst
For a me that’s blank-faced, a new slate and some words
To the effect that the last me was really the worst

My fatalism is a polished shield
So even as I turn my back on the coming year
That dread medusa
I have a way of looking over my shoulder, into the future

What a wonder it will be to be alive in the year of our lord 2019
And what do you need my love, what do you need?
I will find it for you, you just have to ask
It’s been a twister of a year
So much we knew is gone
The instinct is to wrap this up
But the story tumbles on


from Year of The Bird (Volume 4), released December 23, 2019


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