a Longtime friend
A longtime friend sends you a Happy Birthday FB post.
You laugh out loud because today is May 30th,
exactly 30 days before your burfdae.
You respond with a FB message, to avoid embarrassing S.
‘Hi S. You are 30 days early. My burfdae is on June 30’th.
You used to remember my burfdae better than me.
Now look. Change is inevitable, I guess.’
S messages back.
“You’re joking, right? Today IS your birthday.”
Your brow wrinkles and you let out a little chuckle.
You get up and pull out your driver’s license.
You squeeze your eyes shut and open again.
You pull out other birth documents.
You are breathing harder now.
You run around the house
pulling birth shit out.
S messages again.
“Call me. Let me know you’re joking.”