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THIS IS A YEAR OF THE ROOSTER CONTEST ENTRY

Glad Tidings

Published by PLEOPARD | Friday, September 15, 2017 8:12 AM



I wanted to say I'm doing ok
and everything's good
but there's no sense in that,
so I'll just tell you 'bout
Lizzie's birthday party the other day.
She wore the pink dress that you got her
the one with the giraffe with the goggly eyes,
Sarah tied yellow balloons to the picnic table out front
and Pete brought over a chocolate cake
with chocolate frosting and four pink candles--
did you ever feel lucky even when things were pretty bad?
The Grocery Outlet had strawberry ice cream on sale,
the fancy kind in little gold cups. When I brought
those out, I swear, her smile, it was Christmastime.
Uncle Bobby sang Happy Birthday like Elvis Presley
swinging his hips with that little snarl
which scared Lizzie a little bit, so we all rushed
to blow out the candles. It happened so fast
no one asked her to make a wish.
I was glad for that.



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