Quiet Reflection on a Trying Year
– Poetry by Philip Youden –
In Time Square the ball drops
at Eastern Standard, time-travelers
converge from around the world
with dreams of resolution.
Champaign glasses clink, fireworks
erupt in the night sky, outbursts
of drunken voices singing incorrect
words to Auld Lang Syn.
My first time alone on New Year’s Eve,
future uncertain, past unresolved.
I reflect on a trying year and the desire
for time travel escapes me.
To learn the words of this discordant
ballad called life is challenge enough.
About the Author – Philip Youden
Philip Youden was born and raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and
currently resides in Moncton, New Brunswick. He holds a B. Sc. in Biology from Mount
Allison University as well as a Diploma in Technology Management from the University
of New Brunswick. His poetry has been published in Arborealis, The Quilliad & Days of
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