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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 • Posted December 28, 2011

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintance be forgot,

and old lang syne ?


For auld lang syne, my dear,

for auld lang syne,

we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.

And surely you’ll buy your pint cup !

and surely I’ll buy mine !

And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,

for auld lang syne.


We two have run about the slopes,

and picked the daisies fine;

But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,

since auld lang syne.


We two have paddled in the stream,

from morning sun till dine

But seas between us broad have roared

since auld lang syne.


And there’s a hand my trusty friend !

And give us a hand o’ thine!

And we’ll take a right good-will draught,

for auld lang syne.


The end.

Horns blaring.

Champagne popping.

People hugging; people kissing.

For auld lang syne.

Italics reflect the English version.

The original being Scottish.

Regardless the language, the sentiment’s the same.

Another year passes.


Remembering the now past.


Perhaps relieved the year is over.

What with the Heat and Drouth (both earned capital letters).

Maybe joyous.

[——] was born.

Or sad.

[——] died.

Another year slips away.



Like a leaf carried downstream.

Let’s take a cup o’ kindness yet.

And bid 2011 adios.

The end.

Bring on the beginning.


Take a "right good-will draught," Old Friend.

And a Happy New Year, Y’all.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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