on new year’s eve :: evie shockley

      we make midnight a maquette of the year:
frostlight glinting off snow to solemnize
      the vows we offer to ourselves in near
silence: the competition shimmerwise

      of champagne and chandeliers to attract
laughter and cheers: the glow from the fireplace
      reflecting the burning intra-red pact
between beloveds: we cosset the space

      of a fey hour, anxious gods molding our
hoped-for adams with this temporal clay:
      each of us edacious for shining or
rash enough to think sacrifice will stay

      this fugacious time: while stillness suspends
vitality in balance, as passions
      struggle with passions for sway, the mind wends
towards what’s to come: a callithump of fashions,

      ersatz smiles, crowded days: a bloodless cut
that severs soul from bone: a long aching
      quiet in which we will hear nothing but
the clean crack of our promises breaking.