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It is hard to miss
The toll of the bells
Though I gotta admit
I tend to lose count
Does this mean my prior
Years' sins are not forgiven?
Best I can do is not
Choke on my mochi After all that sake And sweet amazake The night before on Omisoka - New Year's Eve
Still my first sunrise -- Hatsuhinode, should be
Something, as should be Hatsugeiko -- my first
Aikido practice later that day
Traditionally, we usually toss
Each other 108 times, though I
Tend to lose count here too
Guess I'm destined to carry
My sins forward, as usual