Happy Birthday


Cupcakes and hugs are


my sweet tooth is happy,

I guess.

People have been


but I’m a little


And so my

Big Day

was celebrated


in the library,

with a hefty,

well loved,

copy of

Norton’s Anthology of Poetry,

flopped open to page


Goosebumps tickle my arms as I

swim through

Sonnet 55,

floating on its buoyant imagery,

falling in love with its

cocky perfection.

Peel the Bible-thin pages apart to reveal

page 801

and I have to suppress my happy chirp when I find

my other favorite William

and his beautiful daffodils.


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