Emily Lund: Birthday

Facebook salutations bring anxiety.
You can’t possibly comment on each comment,
Too much pressure to acknowledge every one.
People will hate you if you don’t.
How is that good for a birthday?

In Spain, the birthday girl buys for everyone else.
Here you attend several birthday lunches.
You know everyone will want to pay for you.
People will be mad if you order two desserts.
How is that good for a birthday?

A cookie bouquet arrived at your office
Everyone now knows it’s your birthday.
They fill your office with balloons
You are allergic to latex.
How is that good for a birthday?

The security guard calls you ma’am again.
No one cards you at the bar.
You pluck some more gray hair.
You go to sleep at 9:00 PM.
Your birthday is over and that is good.

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