Dogs 2006

GREETING CARD
(12/20/06)


she knows
that I write
and as
her birthday nears
has strongly hinted
that it would be nice
if I would write
something
for the
occasion

the hinting
was bad enough
but the thought
of actually writing
something
was worse

I know
what she wants
I'm not an idiot
(all the time)
flowers and gumdrops
sweetened stanzas
gooing up the page
with sugary
sentiments

"Sheep
and little candies
dance a birthday dance
to celebrate
another year
of ewe

Happy Birthday!"

maybe
some cotton ball sheep
and dinner mints
on a fuzzy
pink matte

I was going
to be sick

too juvenile

"Today is all
that you get
Birthday Girl
so grab it
by the balls
and hang on
for the ride

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!"

you know
fuzzy balls
instead of dice
hanging from the rearview
of a red
convertible

better
but a bit
too graphic
perhaps

"Another year gone
that you'll never
get back
Another year closer
to the end
of the track

happy birth
d"
a"
y"

one of those
old fashioned
black
coal eating
smoke belching
iron horse bastards
rolling off
a dynamited
trestle

it made me
smile
but
a little
too dark

this is torture
and shouldn't be
so damn difficult

what would
the pros do?

"You
were not born
for this day
Darling
this day
was born
for you

Happy Birthday!"

I don't like it
but I know
that she will
and she is
turning 50
after all
so I need
to be kind

although
I really do
like the train

Dad will be
75 in April

perfect