Arusha, Tanzania: New Year 2010

by Susan Abraham

I chose the silence and not the noise, no mangled crowd but a heartbeat’s voice. I closed my eyes to all the old and opened them to what was new, a celebration that sent New Year wishes askew. In Arusha at midnight, East Africa skies shone their inky blue and the moon from Dublin swanned in with hangover hues. Stars rested like fireworks on lanterns while my mind conjured its tender coronation.

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