New Year’s Reboot

A rowdy countdown is traditionally done,
complete with confetti and cheers
in the raucous presence of loved ones,
to welcome in the first day of the New Year!

Festivities abound from the streets to TV
a week after the indulgence of Christmas,
inspiring yearly goals to be set by family
members regarding habits of wealth & fitness.

Students up through the college level
may feel unphased by all the commotion
simply because they still have to settle
for passing the current grade before promotion.

Then, too, there’s the lesson of time zones
portrayed by emphasizing the ball drop
in New York City that sets an anticlimactic tone
outside the East Coast on New Year clocks.

Food even plays into customs annually
as cabbage, black-eyed peas, and greens
come to symbolize good luck for family
who insist kids "take" them like a vaccine.

Above all else, though, the sentiment
that should manifest is "peace on Earth"
throughout the New Year that’s imminent
by treating others with dignity and worth.

Joel A. Johnson
1 min readDec 30, 2020




Joel A. Johnson

Family man, & creative who enjoys karaoke, poetry, & balance sports (skating & skiing). I focus on social justice. Writes for The Lark, AfroSapiophile, WEOC