A week later
streamers hang on the patio
vibrant, yet tired
a trampoline hasn't been reassembled
and probably won't return
to its spot in the backyard

She's thirteen now 
we've long stopped 
mother-daughter bouncing
of summers long past,
my hands intertwined 
with her silly little 
first grader fingers

Gifted wine bottles line up 
one behind the other
I sip from a new coffee mug
and finish the last two
homemade Mexican wedding cookies
baked for a birthday

A lone striped gift bag didn't get folded,
hot pink crumpled paper 
peeks from the top

A new sparkly evening bag invites
possibilities and wonderings about
unknown adventures
How many more trips around the sun?
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

8 thoughts on “Cincuentañera

  1. Happy 50! Having passed the milestone myself this year, I know it makes one reflect and wonder. I like that this after the party poem includes your daughter.

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    1. Congrats on your milestone, Terje! I don’t know if approaching this one has made me more reflective or if having become more reflective has made me approach it with a better attitude. Either way, it’s better than I expected.


  2. Sounds like a wonderful party that will have you smiling at the memories for years to come. Fifty is an interesting pause; it’s like standing at the top of a mountain, wondering if there’s another in the distance.

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