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Birthday

By Suzy Devere.

the sun peeks through the sheet shade

new house

old house

new me

still me.

the sun comes barreling through

your back

your neck

your cheek

i’m awake.

the sun takes the nights

and wraps them in moss

sticks them in the back of my throat

where all the dreams and thoughts and words go

that choke me when i blow out my birthday candles

but

i never speak of them

again.

i have loved many people.

lips

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzy Devere is a prostitute, a drug addict, a doctor’s wife, a lawyer’s wife, a mistress to a famous Saudi sheikh, a mother, an intellectual, an academic, an athlete, a painter, a drawer, a photographer, and writer who feels utterly, stunningly alone. Her work has appeared in various online sites including The Beat, Savage Manners, and Black-Listed Magazine, and she was a featured guest earlier this spring on Rob and Jack America, an internet radio show hosted by poets Rob Plath and Jack Henry. Her chapbook Black Strip is scheduled for release from Epic Rights Press in September 2009. Suzy has lived all over the world but right now lives next door to you.

First published in 3:AM Magazine: Thursday, May 7th, 2009.