Leap Year Birthday

Enter the world –
scream and kick
at the bright and dawning light
from where you trip:
begin, in haste, to celebrate
a day which most years forget.

Enter the off-years –
contemplate your age;
see it in scientific quarters,
sentences on a page
printed, read, rationalized;
then prepare to take the stage.

Assume the role –
speak the lines;
bow deeply as you sing your song,
you haven’t got much time;
the spotlight waits for no one
and a flash will make you blind.

Perform the day –
its ways and means;
crouch low and look long
just as you leap –
but to leave your moment,
kick and scream.



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