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A New Years Poem

A New Year’s Poem

By DOREY MUNCH, Oneonta

The closing of the old year,

The dawning of the new

Have brought me to my cupboard

Armed with firm resolve

To rummage through the shelves within

And root out those inhabitants

Destined for the garbage bin.

What a sorry lot it is

It pains me to disclose,

For in enumerating,

My faults I must expose.

Here’s leftover grievances

All dried up in the box,

There’s a little bottled rage

Fizzled flat with age.

And over here, what’s this I see

Moldering in the corner?

A heap of judgments made in haste

That time has swiftly laid to waste.

And here, up front, in easy reach

For self-commiserating:

Old hurts, indignities and slights –

Spices that have lost their bite.

Next, what’s this my hand has touched,

Secreted on highest shelf?

A treasured grudge tucked away,

Keeping for another day.

Away with all that is here stored,

Unholy accumulation!

How good, how cleansing for the soul

To have these sins retired.

But not so fast – let’s not be rash,

For who would be offended

Or think me less than thrifty if

I put back on the shelf a few

Whose dates have not expired?

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 6

Fair Finale

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OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. Gates. Buildings open 10 a.m. Open to 9 p.m. Finale of the Fair. Come for the Demolition Derby, a Horse Show, a Goat Show, a Carnival, and more. Admission, $5. Fair Grounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. Visit www.otsegocountyfair.org for more information.

PADDLE & PULL – 1-3 p.m. Paddle and help OCCA pull remaining Water Chestnuts out of Goodyear Lake. Canoe/Kayaks available. Bring hat, sunscreen, water and expect to get a little wet. Registration preferred. Meet at NYS Fishing Access site, St. Rt. 28, Portlandville. Call (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-pull-goodyear-lake-3/

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