Birthday Wishes

You bow your head down

to blow out the candles.

Close your eyes,

count to ten.


The backs of your eyelids

are the color of

the orange flames that waver

as you pucker your lips.


You start to wish for

the same thing you have

every year, someone

you can call yours.


But then you feel a hand

land on your thigh,

stuck to the wooden chair

from summer’s heat.


It would be silly to wish

for what you already have,

but some habits

linger past their stay.

Lauren Good is currently a senior English major at Eastern University with a concentration in Literature and minor in Writing at Eastern University. She plans on continuing her English career at West Chester University in the Fall of 2020, pursuing an MA in Literature.

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