My Aspiration

by Mark Chmiel

Each & every year, as long as I live, I want to…
Talk to you on your birthday

Elicit your laughter when you most need it
Listen to your for hours at a time

Embody Heinrich Heine (somehow)
Welcome your challenges to “wake up!”

Give you books, over and over
Share scrutable smiles

Offer occasional, apt, avuncular advice
Brainstorm together the surreal serene revolution

–from work (novel?) in progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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