Sharing Stories
March 30, 2024 at 11:14 p.m.
Banged up guy by Pat D'Amico. Not a self-portrait. :-)
Banged up guy by Pat D'Amico. Not a self-portrait. :-)

...by Pat D'Amico


I’m sorry, your birthday has just passed me by,
and now I am going to tell you why:
I have broken my arm, my leg, and my nose.
If you didn’t know better, I guess you’d suppose
that this tale of woe might be told by some liar—
and, oh, I should mention…my pants are on fire!

Pat D’Amico, who frequently is published in Northwest Prime Time, sent me this poem. When I saw it, I thought this writing friend was sending it to me as she’d forgotten my birthday. She, who had actually submitted it for poem publication, had to make that clearer. And, yes, super cute. She also created the banged-up guy cartoon.

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