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Donald Justice

(12 August 1925 - 6 August 2004 / Miami / Florida)

Men at Thirty


Thirty today, I saw
The trees flare briefly like
The candles upon a cake
As the sun went down the sky,
A momentary flash
Yet there was time to wish

Before the break light could die
If I had known what to wish
As once I must have known
Bending above the clean candlelit tablecloth
To blow them out with a breath

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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