You were the saddest soul I knew
On your Birthday
You never lit a single candle
But ate cup noodles & fell asleep
with your phone ringing
what are candles but light that never lasts?
i saw you tipping your hat
& beaming to passerbys
‘Oh what a fine happy fellow’
The smile never reached your eyes.
on your birthday you never lit a single candle,
but they brought 5. One for each time you almost broke down.
Over a small cake propped on the xerox machine
your moment had nothing to do with me.
Except that I was there. Watching.
That night, i saw a shooting star from my roof.
you never lit a single candle,
But the sky was kind enough to light one for you.