New Year's Eve
Inside everything is cozy and hazy
everyone packed together in celebration.
Barks of laughter and cheer fill the air
even as we need to leave to our own home.
When the young ones are asleep on their feet,
our leader decides its time for us to leave.
The ritual of hugs and kisses goodbye
are as comforting as the light of inside.
The cold air is a startling change, and
leaving the warmth of inside is hard to bear.
There is comfort in numbers though
as we travel like a pack of wolves.
We are not sure if we are the danger
others talk about or if we should be scared.
Piles of snow seem like mountains
and street lights become the moon.
Everything is more beautiful as
we are enjoying the night together.
Familiar territory turns into a maze
but half the fun becomes finding our way.
The haziness and slight confusion
all becomes part of the game.
Somehow everyone makes it home
and trades the exciting chill of outside
for the safe warmth of sleep.