In Honor of the New Year by William Taylor Jr.

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In Honor of the New Year

January again,
and outside it’s just
the same sad ghosts,
the same tenuous dreams
drifting about the crumpled streets,
caught and torn
on ringwire fences
and the branches of trees,
forgotten on sidewalks
with the garbage and umbrellas,
the endless gray of the pavement and the sky
as pretty and as terrifying
as it was yesterday.
In honor of the new year,
I feel I should have something more
to say about it all,
but I don’t.
I turn from it
and you are there
with a bottle of something.
We pour two glasses,
we drink and laugh,
our bodies find each other
and celebrate the fact of that
and nothing else in particular.
There is renewal enough in this.
We lie together
beneath the window,
to the sirens
and the lonely


William Taylor Jr.

William Taylor Jr. lives and writes in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. An Age of Monsters, his first book of fiction, was published by Epic Rites Press in 2011. The Blood of a Tourist (Sunnyoutside, 2014) is his latest collection of poetry. His work has appeared in The Chiron Review, The New York Quarterly, and many other journals worldwide. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was a recipient of the 2013 Acker Award.