Birthday Party

He sat upright
surrounded by canes, walkers
tv guides, checkerboard games,
and the people that accompany them
in a place like this.

He waited patiently
for the last strands of that age-old song,
some high pitched warblers
hunched over the tinny piano
pulled out for occasions like this.

Balloons hovered above his head
as candles dripped life-time moments
onto fondant flowers.
Festive paper plates too thin
for the thick slab he desired.

And so I asked the centenarian
for the secret of his longevity.
Well sonny, I always say,
close your eyes to dream.
Just make sure you open them wide
to watch where you step.





6 thoughts on “Birthday Party

  1. Melinda Kucsera January 1, 2016 / 5:37 pm

    This is great. It describes quite a party. That line about candles dripping wax on fondant flowers really sets the scene. The centenarians advice is fantastic

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