Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Birthday So Blew


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Birthday So Blew

“The day which we all fear as our last,
is but the birthday of eternity.”--Seneca.

My birthday is June 14th,
Flag Day,
a day I used to celebrate
surviving another year,
feeling colorful pangs of pride
about being an American;
pleased to be a Gemini,
hugging both twins--

but this year I discovered that President Trump has
the same birthday--damn his eyes. So now my ship
has stalled without a breath of wind in the sails, and
my personal patriotism has been disrespected.
                                                     diminished &
                                                     degraded.

I suddenly feel like the love child of Mussolini, the step-
son of Stalin, a former Hitler youth, dirty cop--that my 
degrees are all from a Clown College in the Bronx, my
endorsement of Civil Rights has been revoked, and the
Feds sent me my Halloween costume--three KKK red-
white & blue bed sheets.

My wife tells me to take all my sorrow, anger, & angst
and make lemonade out of it. So far I’ve made 200
gallons of the stuff, which I’m told tastes like rat saliva
& is the color of blood in the urine.

My birthday has been
violated, but I will

still celebrate it.


Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub



16 comments:

De said...

Love this, Glenn. My Dad's birthday is also June 14, and he is an amazing, honorable, kind man. Between the two of you, it shall be redeemed. ;)

Ω said...

Crazy love for this part, Glenn:

"feeling colorful pangs of pride
about being an American;
pleased to be a Gemini,
hugging both twins"

Ha ha ha. This is hilarious:

"but this year I discovered that President Trump has
the same birthday--damn his eyes."

"I suddenly feel like the love child of Mussolini" ... My goodness, you are such a gifted poet.

This touches me: "my personal patriotism has been disrespected.
diminished &
degraded"

I feel you.
____________


Oh wow, this is so good/attention-grabbing/funny:
"that my degrees are all from a Clown College in the Bronx"

Keep it up, Glenn. We'll put the wind back in your sail and make you feel so much better before long.

Alison H said...

You may have the same birthday but you aren't the same person....there were some chortle moments. Keep chin up and head held high and happy birthday for the 14th...XXX

Ω said...

I really enjoy listening to you read.

indybev said...

What a bummer! Of course he was premature. His birthday was supposed to be the 12th of Never ..... wasn't it? I'm so glad we have you to celebrate! It would be awful to be stuck with him!

Frank Hubeny said...

Have a happy birthday! I didn't even think of Trump as having a birthday. Nice quote from Seneca.

Blogoratti said...

Have a wonderful birthday nevertheless...greetings and best wishes.

lillianthehomepoet.wordpress.com said...

Oh my gosh!!! I just HAD to read this aloud to my husband and we were both howling!!!! You have a way with words and a cutting edge like no one else!!! So we will take out our miniature flags early - the ones we wave when the BOSTON Pops plays You're A Grand
Old Flag on the 4th of July - and wave them over a salty marguerita on the 14th and sing happy bday dear Glenn! 😊🎉🎂🎼🇱🇷

Maria said...

Hey-ho! Happy birthday to you (not Trump)!!! Playful take, Glenn. :D

brudberg said...

I think we can help you to redeem that birthday... love the lemonade (I think you need sugar not just lemons).

Sumana Roy said...

Aw...delete him and celebrate yours. Have a wonderful 14th June :)

Kim Russell said...


I love the pun in the title, Glenn, and the quotation! And I've learnt something new - Americans celebrate Flag Day, which is also your birthday! But what a downer, to have to share a birthday with Trump - I didn't know he'd even been born -p I was sure he was manufactured. And the lemonade? Bjorn's right, add some sugar and we'll toast your birthday!

Marina Sofia said...

Nooooo? Really? Well, I'm sure you are far more deserving of this birthday than many others, Glenn... here's to you!

Sarah Russell said...

I solemnly promise to not think once of Trump on the 14th (and you KNOW how hard that will be!) and to raise a glass to you hugging the Gemini twins. Dynamite poem, Glenn!

qbit said...

"like the love child of Mussolin"!!! Great!

harada57 said...

Bjorn's right, add some sugar and we'll toast your birthday!

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