Another year drags to an end,
while many celebrities meet theirs;
Cherish those whom you call friend,
Together make merry and postpone cares.
Economic upheavals and presidential elections,
killings and riots and natural disasters aplenty.
This year has exceeded the usual standards
of bittersweet news shown in prior years.
Amid mall riots and superpower threats,
any and every dark imagining come true –
Take heart and remember:
You could be out plowing a field with a horse,
or huddling in some medieval shack starving.
You could be a slave suffering to a swift death,
or soldier slowly dying on some distant field.
You could wither under onslaught of black plague,
typhus, malaria or one of many other maladies.
When the Ipad chimes, the phone dings, the computer hums
quotidian refrains you can get down on your knees and thank
any god you please to be born in the here and now.
Even as we go forth to another miserable year
of terrorism and stupid political tricks...
Best of luck to us all.