Yo Philadelphians! Time to butter
Up some rum with Michael Nutter,
Shirley Kitchen, Sharon Losier
And Brian Sims on New Year’s Day.
Bill Greenlee, Bill/Mark/Arthur Green,
Get ready to fête – Twenty-Thirteen!
May Marc Stier and Mike McAleer
Both ring in a well-tuned New Year.
Karen, Blondell, Vanessa Brown
Look lovely, poised to paint this town
Red. Working on resolutions
Already is Congressman Lucien’s
Jannie Blackwell; likewise Bob Brady,
Richard Negrin and Brian Grady.
The Williamses – Jewell, Tony, Gary
And Seth – have all been making merry.
Commissioner Ramsey’s counting hits,
Commissioner Ayers has staffing fits;
City bookkeeping is the pits,
Advises Alan Butkovitz,
And his opponent Brett Mandel
Agrees this City’s bound for hell;
Even our Governor Tom Corbett
Sometimes thinks we’re beyond his orbit….
Don’t let them faze you. Gaze instead,
Full of bright hope, at the year ahead.
Rick Hellberg and Vito Canuso
Can each sing sweetly as Caruso
With Malik Boyd and Steven Boc,
With Cathy Scott and Johnny Doc –
But au revoir, Thomasine Tynes;
We’ll miss your thoughtful Auld Lang Synes.
Happy New Year to Sam Staten,
Jr. and Sr., and Tony Payton!
May Sharif, Milton and John meet
In peace, parading on Broad Street,
Where Ron and Maria Donatucci
Also should try to show some Gucci.
Happy New Year to Mike McGeehan,
Mike Stack and Counsel Mike Meehan.
Both Ed Coryell and Al Schmidt
Think Twenty-Thirteen could be a hit.
One thing is clear: that Angel Cruz
In Twenty-Thirteen cannot lose.
Unions next year will still be keen on
Folks like Bob Heenan and Bob Henon.
Wishing you Prospero Año Nuevo,
Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Dave Oh!
On New Year’s Eve, we’d like to ramble
Down Memory Lane with Sonny Campbell
And music legend Kenny Gamble.
Nobody needs a heart like Lincoln’s
To wish good luck to Carol Jenkins.
Nobody needs to hire a lawyer
To give season’s greetings to Ryan Boyer;
Nor will yous suffer divine wrath, yous
Guys, if yous toast the great Pete Matthews!
Happy New Year to Donna Laws
And the whole family of Fattahs.
Good luck to each St. Hubert’s Bambi,
Equally Pamela Prior Dembe;
And may all angels in the heavens
Smile upon our State Rep. Dwight Evans.
Agnes Tilley and Joe Barilli,
Also Barb and Lisa Deeley,
We don’t think you’re acting silly
When you show you care about Philly.
Chris Robinson, Cheri Honkala,
We yearn to hear your friendly holler
(Along with ole Omar Sabir)
Early and often, this New Year,
As always. Be, then, of good cheer.
And any friends we may have missed –
We’ll save for next year’s Christmas list.