National Poetry Month, Day 21 – Happy Birthday

Tonight we’re going to scream the secret word
and flinch at the pinch of a parakeet’s feet.

We’re going to sacrifice the ducky for the sax
and steal your brother’s toys while he’s at school.

We’ll count these photographs as prompts
to help maintain the few memories I have left

but until then let’s chase the chocolate cake
you’ve been spiriting around the room

and keep you alive by never letting it land.

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