Beautiful, Coming Due

a far away feeling on your birthday
and suddenly you are transported
from the pink table

goodbye you sing softly
to alarm no one
to the cake with pure rosettes

to the presents glistening
something called to you then
perhaps the ghost of who

you would become
some years from now
with no pink table left

not even a streamer
but the memory of how
when you were ten

and the party set to begin
the party favors at each place
suddenly a feeling came to you

swept over you
like a forgotten kingdom, beautiful,
coming due.

mary angela douglas 29 july 2017

by Mary Angela Douglas

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