Thirty days
Thirty dragging days
Plus one
One extra dragged-out day
Thirty one dragging days

Four weeks
Four long-winded weeks
Plus a few
Extra days
Weeks without end

You begin with a blast
As the world’s celebrations
Of light and love end
Dragging your feet through
Your coldest and darkest days

We regress to reality
Surrender our lives
To our oppressive obligations
Becoming submissive
Victims of oppressive systems

January deserves more light
Instead we endure
A heavy winter wait
A simple promise
Of brighter days