Hello Twenty Twenty-three

Drawing of sparkly lights with "Happy new Year 2023" in the centre. Caption reads: "Hello Twenty Twenty-three."

Hello Twenty Twenty-three poem by Iris Carden

Hello, and welcome, Twenty Twenty-three.
What kind of year do you think you'll be?

Twenty Twenty, Twenty-one, Twenty-two,
set expectations very low for you.

Your older siblings weren't all that great.
They brought disease, disasters, war and hate.

The world-wide pandemic was never fun,
And invading your neighbours shouldn't be done.

We're tired of floods and bushfires and such.
We wanted a break, we weren't asking much.

The divide's increasing between rich and poor,
the poor live in need while the rich demand more.

But now you're here, all fresh and new
What can the world expect from you?

Could you please bring compassion, less greed?
A chance for everyone to have what they need?

Could you give the planet a bit of a break?
Have corporations give back, not just take?

Could you send the misogynists back to their caves?
Think of the trauma that one thing could save.

The past Twenty Twenties have let us down.
Will things be different, now you're around?

Wouldn't you want to be "that year" if you could?
Be the year we look back on and say, "It was good."

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. Wow, wow, WOW, Iris! So well written! Definitely ready for those elder siblings to move out and into the past where they can stay…and I really hope your last stanza comes true. 💞💞💞

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