"Did You Bring Me Anything," Gary Margolis
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(I just came upon this poem for the first time and had to share it.) I know it's your birthday and I am an hour
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"Did You Bring Me Anything," Gary Margolis

by bright_ephemera

(I just came upon this poem for the first time and had to share it.)

I know it's your birthday and I am an hour

late. I didn't think there would be another

girl for me to talk with, as I was putting on my

coat, turning off the light. Soft touch or not,

you know how hard it is for me to say no

when someone asks to speak with me and it is

their eyes that say first what they have

to say. I've read all the numbers that make me

sick about men who never learned to take

no for an answer and turn themselves into a cruel

statistic, turning a girl, most often

a friend, into another word, through no

choice of hers, she now must call herself.

I don't want to think of you this way,

especially today as you turn six, but having

just told another student it's not her fault,

I must find the words no father can give you

to use some night when there are only miles

between us. Words, I hope, your date's father

has taught his son to hear, even if there were nights

he was late getting home, with nothing in his hands.

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