#NaPoWriMo 10 / #100poeticanswers 28 Do Snakes Celebrate Their Birthday?

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April 10, 2017 by Sez

This video is lovely and powerful. In particular there is one little boy who makes the art of saying affirmations very much his own. And at the end, he asks a question.


They don’t like balloons. 

The great, bobbing shapes bother them,

And the flouting of gravity.

The hiss as air escapes.

They could, if they wanted

Make paper chains and streamers of themselves.

But they don’t.

Music means nothing to them.

They don’t dance the conga

Or limbo:

Both feel redundant.

But, on their birthdays…

They bask in the warmth 

Of imaginary candles.

They quietly flick their tongues

To taste the air

Of a fresh year.

Yes, they celebrate.


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