Lunar New Year ­– 兔

Grateful to be born
in the year of the rabbit,
I’ve watched each one hop in,

much calmer than Tiger,
celebrating balance, gentleness.

And so, I pray for China,\
and its aging population,
and the deep stresses
of three years  
of choices about care,

and for the grief in Monterey Park
of the loss of ten lives
in last night’s mass shooting,
near the Lunar New Year
celebration site.

Tigers may be solitary,
but rabbits are connected to many.

I remember this
as I receive my red envelope
hoping for
twelve more years.

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