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A BIRTHDAY CANDLE
by Donald Justice

Thirty today, I saw

The trees flare briefly like

The candles on a cake,

As the sun went down the sky,

A momentary flash,

Yet there was time to wish

 “A Birthday Candle” appears in Donald Justice’s collection The Summer Anniversaries, (Wesleyan University Press, 1959), available at Amazon.com.

Photo: “Sunset Over Pine Forest” by Kim Seng