Dreams and Wishes


More than cake—

remember magic

lives long. Let

it always

surround you, a breathing cloud,

a dance in kisses


and so, this—ask if,

but explore the secret stars

in a universe

time ghost-laughs a fevered breeze

and a heart blushes, flowers


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The Oracle knows everything, so she knows it is birthday month at my house. Both daughters and my husband (and mother-in-law) have birthdays in February. When the girls were little, we often had a combined Valentine’s-birthday party. So here is birthday love and wishes in a shadorma tanka combo for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday challenge.  But there will also be a lot of cake and celebrations this month.

30 thoughts on “Dreams and Wishes

  1. A month of lots of cake and celebrations sounds like a wonderful month to me. Happy birthday to all. 🙂 April is like that for us.
    The Oracle seems to know you very well. I love all of it (it’s beautiful), but particularly like: “a breathing cloud,/a dance in kisses.” ❤

  2. Love the starry photo. I couldn’t settle on a favorite line or lines but these are so close: “remember magic / lives long.” It feels like we all should have these lines printed in bold 72-point font and displayed at eye level on every door, window, wall. Happy birthdays to your loved ones!

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