What is the word for 2016?

“Despair, that’s the word

For this year,” he says with a smile.

“I’ve been searching for a word,

But the past four weeks

I’ve hit on despair.

It’s the word, definitely.”

“But it can’t be,” I gasp,

Shocked by his easy acceptance

Of such a terrible word.

“Despair is the bottom,

Abandonment, loss of hope,

Submitting to crushing.

To death, destruction,

Emptiness, the void.

Even depression,

A word sucked of meaning,

Is better.”

“Oh,” he says,

“What then is the word?”

Yes, I think,

What is the word for 2016?


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