I ignore it.
I symbolically changed the date.
But the real one, the real birthday, had:
Eighteen and thirty six dollar checks from the now-dead father.
Blue and black letters and cards, handwritten from the now-dead mother.
Cards and shirts and cookies from the now-disengaged daughters –
Driven off they were by my petulance.
Cards and letters from now-dead aunts.
Once a heavy coat from the now-dead parents.
I miss the birthday connections,
Excused and dismissed by my self-importance ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, early February 2015
Author: Gene Novogrodsky
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!