A classic Wall Street adieu to 2013

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Art Cashin is out with a poem to ring in 2014, and virtually nobody who was in the news this year was spared.

The head of the floor operations at UBS mentions prominent figures from Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher (both dead) to Miley Cyrus (alive and twerking) and Congress (barely breathing).

For those who appreciate the fine art of verse, it's not just another "Auld Lang Syne":

'Tis two days yet to New Year but despite what you're hopin'

The folks in the Board Room say "the full Eve we'll stay open"

So we'll buy and we'll sell as the tape crawls along

And though "Bubbly's" verboten we may still sing a song

Two Thousand Thirteen had some spots of high hopes

They may get fumbled away by those Washington dopes

A brief government shutdown pushed sides further apart

Let's all hope things improve as the New Year we start

"If you like it you can keep it" we heard the President quip

When that didn't work out in the polls he did slip

We lost special people as we seem to each year

It just makes us treasure each one that's still here

Mandela and Thatcher they reshaped their times

They'll now regale the angels backed by heavenly chimes

And Peter O'Toole with his steely blue eyes

Joined the great Joan Fontaine in God's still bluer skies

Jean Stapleton's "Edith" has joined Archie on high

And author Tom Clancy chose October to die

Ed Koch now asks angels his set quote, "How'm I doin"

Gone is Hugo Chavez who brought his nation to ruin

Helen Thomas asks questions of St. Peter these days

Also Frank Lautenberg left his senator's ways

Jim Hall, jazz guitarist, played his final great note

Richie Havens, quite different is now in the same boat

Ray Harryhausen, who created creatures unreal

Joined Jonathan Winters every scene he would steal

Van Cliburn's piano angels hear without faults

As Patti Page sings them the old Tennessee Waltz

And Frost re-met Nixon midst the clouds they'll debate

While Tony Soprano while in Rome met his fate

Scott Carpenter and angels now together will sup

Roger Ebert gave the harp a quite hearty thumbs up

Esther Williams swam off, Eydie Gorme took a bow

And Annette Funicello has joined them both now

And Doctor Joyce Brothers bid her clients goodbye

While "Dear Abby" Van Buren gives advice from on high

In Boston, two brothers put some bombs in a crowd

Although hundreds were injured that great town stayed unbowed

Wild fires aplenty burned in state after state

Elsewhere came tornadoes seems Mother Nature's irate

The Philippines saw a cyclone winds of 200 miles

Caused immense devastation to those once lovely isles

A Bangladesh building did collapse in the spring

Though a thousand folks died few reforms did it bring

In Syria, chemicals wiped out a whole town

In a mall in Nairobi scores of folks were mowed down

FOMO is a slogan it's "fear of missing out"

Now we're all self-absorbed that's what that's all about

Wall Street saw stocks soar but Main Street stayed slow

As the Fed starts to taper we'll see just how things go

Jeff Bezos announced a new delivery drone

Edward Snowden revealed that we'd tapped Merkel's phone

Prince George did arrive of pictures there was no lack

and sweet tooths were quite pleased to see Twinkies come back

Paula Deen fell from grace for some things she once said

The Duck Dynasty guy made some people turn red

Former Hannah Montana shocked some fans with a twerk

In Toronto the mayor some folks called a jerk

Let not this year's memories of sadness or sleaze

Disturb you this day just give your heart ease

Have faith that this New Year will bring a new sign

And believe in yourself it will all work out fine

Just lift up your spirits and some fruit of the vine

And kiss ye a loved one and sing Auld Lange Syne

And late Tuesday evening as you watch the ball fall

Wish yourself all the best

Happy New Year to All!!

By CNBC.com.

image: © Dan Moyle

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