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The Birthday Gift

by Malaika Booker-Wright

I had waited twenty-one years for this day. It marked my adulthood and my independence. Therefore, the celebration had to be perfect.

I was single and decided to let my friend set me up on a blind date.

The night before my twenty-first birthday, I dreamt of my ideal celebration.

I received an invitation in the mail the morning of my birthday:

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After the Music

by Steve Gaines

July 3, 1954

On my 18th Birthday
A Memorial to an Ill-Spent Youth

It was so long ago
and I seldom bring it back these days
surprised to look at that age of adventure
from this distant couch
unable to recapture that careless attitude…
reluctant to admit the inability I suppose…
but here goes anyway

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