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Summer Leaves and My Birthday’s Here
(Title is a quote from Paul Simon's "Old," featured on his CD "You're the One.")
by Mimi Moriarty
May gets trampled by eager hikers
who have waited for the hills to dry.
June, all strawberries and oral exams,
loses a day, like a nap.
July spreads out on a lazy beach
roped off for nude bathers.
August swelters, radios blare
back-to-school sales, square deals.
Then summer leaves and my birthday’s here,
early September, the deliberate month.
Teachers return to their higher purpose,
stockinged and trousered
boys stumble in, their jeans
still creased from the shelf
unruffled girls in white ankle socks
gossip around lockers
and my parents forget my birthday
with all the hullabaloo and machinations
Is this true or untrue?
Hard to imagine a parent
forgetting a child’s birthday.
and predisposed to drama,
tend to exaggerate.