Turn on the lights!
Ring out the bells, louder, louder.
Shout, sing, cheer!
At the revel’s heart
Throw up fireworks, great harnessed thunders,
Let flash and bangs explode together.
Bring meat and drink and be merry,
Gather companions tight around you.
Sing, ring out bells.
Chant, count aloud.
Bring noise and lights and fellowship.
Let there be no quiet or solitude
Between old year’s end and new one’s start
Let there be no slip
At the fulcrum point
For the silent breath of the waiting dark.
1st January 2009