Philip Deal Books

Manly Birthdays


Manly Birthdays


On his birthday, every year,

his brother-in-law, Milwaukee brewed,

takes him bowling at the Big Ten Lanes.


Every year, by the third frame,

he wants wine in a glass,

Coltrane’s Blue Train, and pot.


This year he plans to

write something he started this summer,

when his lawn died, and he had to fire a friend to save his grass.


A car will roll by mid-morning, he will lose his train of thought,

his allergies will make it hard to think,

his daughter will need him to kill a bug,


but when it’s time to bowl, he will

let the phone scream and scream,

then write some more, this manly man.


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