It Was My Birthday Today

It was my birthday today,
Thirty eight years young.
My hubby who is in prison,
sent me a magnificent bouquet.
My Dad, well he ‘wrapped’ up
a memory card for my digital camera.
The kids snuck around and organised a surprise,
choosing a Stephen King book for me to devour.
The in-laws sent me messages
via mobile phone and landline.
A friend who I have not seen in years,
texted me “Happy Birthday see you soon”.
My sister rang apologising for forgetting to ring earlier,
but her hangover from a hens night had left her bedridden.
But like a little child I kept looking out my front door,
hoping you would drop something off,
even if it was only small.

I did this all day and even after dinner out,
checked the front porch,
just in case you had left a card,
I couldn’t see in the dim light.
You keep telling all my siblings,
how you miss me so very much,
that you want to talk to me
because you love me so very much.
I know we have our differences,
which you seem unable to move past,
but I thought with my birthday,
we may have been able to make a start.

So I go to sleep tonight,
all the tears left at the prison,
where my loving husband had just sat and listened.
He listened to my heartache, he wiped away my tears,
he cuddled and comforted me,
even though this is forbidden.
He told me how much he loves me and to look at all the good,
reminded me of all the people,
who really think I am so special.
The pain I felt from being forgotten by you,
he said he couldn’t fix,
there was nothing we could do,
nothing could mend it.
So as my eyes grow weary,
and sleep creeps through my body,
I can’t help but ask,
“Did you forget my birthday Mother?”

It Was My Birthday Today


Maida Vale, Australia

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