Illustration: Frances Brundage, via Monday’s Child

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Welcome, New Year,
we are glad you are here.

Your chubby cheeks,
your smiling eyes,
they hold a fresh promise
and a message old and wise.

The moment is yours, you
have a bright future no doubt,
enjoy the glory till it lasts, soon
it will be your turn to bow out.

  The scythe of time, the
hour glass you bring,
urge us to seize the day
before it takes wing.

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Happy New Year

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