Merry Christmas to you all
I hope you’ve been well
Ha! Who am I kidding?
This year has been Hell.
In the beginning
There was… a Superbowl
I don’t remember who played
But I recall Shakira and J.Lo
Then March brings COVID
And we all have to stay home
Wondering who bought all the toilet paper
Spending way too much time on our phones
The NBA is cancelled
All of Broadway is shut down
The Olympics are postponed
And cities resemble ghost towns
The government releases actual UFO footage
Which should have given us a scare?
But we’re too busy bingeing Netflix
So… no one really cares
Every day I would swear
At this God-forsaken year
“What the #@*% now, 2020?!”
And 2020 is like, “Here. Hold my beer.”
“I see your Plague
And I’ll raise you a locust swarm
And also some murder hornets
Just as the weather gets warm.
“How ‘bout a Sahara dust cloud?
And raging fires out West?
The year’s not yet over
I’ve got more for the rest
“I can see you there on Cape Cod
I’ve got something special for you all
How ‘bout an earthquake and tornado scare
To round out the Fall?”
So what have we learned this year?
Are we resilient? Do we have enough grit?
Did we learn how to Pivot?
Mostly we are just DONE WITH IT
Did we center ourselves
Or find inner peace
Somewhere between all the wine
And platters of cheese?
I had so much time on my hands
But that wasn’t the reason
I chose not to deep clean my house
As we closed out each season
The quarantine time distortion
May have reduced us to tears
Because 2020 has lasted 12 months
And emotionally, 486 years
I have learned not to tempt Fate or Karma
By screaming “BRING IT ON!” each day
Because surely 2020 would whisper back at me,
“Oh, but I came to play.”
This is the year we bought groceries online
And our hair grew too long
We did drive-by parades
And we miss all the choir songs
Here’s to the heroes
Gone to work everyday
We owe you more than a thanks
More than we could ever say
Here’s to the teachers
So very dear to my heart
Reaching out to each student
Even when they’re apart
Here’s to The Unscripted Year
I raise my fists and shout,
“Goodbye and Good Riddance 2020,
(Don’t?) Let the door hit you on the way out!”
“Someday soon, we all will be together
If the Fates allow
We’ll have to muddle through somehow…”