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On the eve of a birthday

July 19, 2011



Yes, I know this is indulgent. Like cake & ice cream. Sometimes, you just have to allow it.

  1. July 19, 2011 6:22 pm

    I know it’s unfair to warn you at the end of the poem, but this was started on my lunch break. Remember the terror of the lunch break poems? (Shiver!)

  2. July 19, 2011 6:46 pm

    And it’s fun and the imagery is wonderful. Happy, happy, young one!

    I had forgotten the lunch break poems, lol…

    • July 19, 2011 7:16 pm

      hi, margo! thanks for calling me young. i’m having drama.

      i do have to say, of the lunch break poems, this is a step up in the world. 🙂

  3. July 19, 2011 7:14 pm

    I think there’s some really good stuff in here. And you are very young. And I am jealous.

    • July 19, 2011 7:17 pm

      oh my goodness. thank you. i feel like we must be the same age, donna. i have no sense of those things.

      and thanks about the poem. i’m rusty. and weary. and out of touch with concrete things. not a fabulous combination for a poet!

  4. July 19, 2011 8:18 pm

    Spring up, spring up! So joyful.

    Your birthday? For real? Cupcakes aplenty, lovely Carolee!

    • July 19, 2011 8:20 pm

      yes, spring up. could be one of those fake-it-til-you-make-it things. 🙂

      yes, a birthday tomorrow. the 13th anniversary of my 26th birthday as a matter of fact.

  5. July 20, 2011 3:17 am

    No excuses about self indulgence please. It’s good and hits a chord with me.


  6. July 20, 2011 3:19 pm

    Indulge *all* of us. I like it.

    And I like cupcakes. I’d like to bake you some. And serve it with an adult beverage!

    Esp. like:
    room. Find out how much of yourself contracts into the stack/ of belongings at the bottom of the old stairs. Find out if you can

    What is said, the line breaks. All of it.

  7. July 20, 2011 4:01 pm

    There’s no reason you shouldn’t indulge on your 39th… I’ve been 39 for years and it’s worth it! Happy birthday!

  8. July 20, 2011 9:06 pm

    Happy birthday! The indulgence is well-deserved, and the poem well-received.

  9. July 22, 2011 11:44 pm

    If Art isn’t indulgent, what is it? & why bother, otherwise?

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