Next year will be different:
suicide bombers will be kinder,
senseless shooters more considerate,
the banks less greedy.
Congress will get to work
legislating America’s confidence
and hangovers from drunken holidays
will be covered by Medicare.
European debt will melt like polar ice
and dead movie stars will come back to life.
It will be a landmark year for self delusion.
Earthquakes, tornadoes, and oil spills
will manifest themselves
for study instead of destruction.
The homeless will begin to relish
the freedom of not owning a home.
Wildlife will adapt to the virtues
of domesticity, nuclear power plants
will generate the scent of fresh snow,
and a forest of electronic books
will be harvested by hackers,
to be left on the virtual doorsteps
of overcrowded online schools.
An abducted child will be found
alive -- the police apprehending
a network of journalists who suggested
things would not turn out
as well as they did.