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belated happy anniversary

According to, traditional tenth anniversary gifts are tin or aluminum. The modern alternative is diamonds, which seems an awfully big step up. The photo paired with this revelation is of scrubby-looking wildflowers in (I swear) an old tin can.

Whatever the appropriate gift,
though this is not a marriage
between two people,
there was a ten year anniversary
between me and writing these poems.

I wrote it on the kitchen calendar.

it was squeezed in the margin,
beyond the square edge of the day,
between work and board meeting and flu shot
I missed it.

two weeks late,
I do appreciate the message
of that small
calendar date—
too written on,
too full of words
for poetry

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