A Birthday Poem for Nat.
A Birthday Poem for Nat Nat, will there be any large jewelry cutters at your party? Will there be a hole enlarger or a small earring card? Nat, will there be a 7 spool case at your birthday party? Will there be a 13 spool case or a 20 spool case there, Nat? Will there be a small easel there, because if I see a small easel Or even a large easel, Nat, I'm not coming. What about stacking trays for bracelets. Are you planning on serving bracelets on top of stacking trays? You know how I feel about stacking trays, Nat. Nat, what about one of those 3-sided revolving trays in an acrylic case? Will there be any 3-sided revolving trays in acrylic cases at your birthday party? I better not see a 3-shelf mirrored looking case or a mirrored necklace and bracelet acrylic looking case. Nat, if I see one, just one 3-shelf mirrored looking case or a mirrored necklace and bracelet Acrylic looking case, I'm taking my 4-sided rotating velvet display gift and walking Out the door. I can't stand 3-shelf mirrored looking cases and I hate mirrored necklace and bracelet Acrylic looking cases even more. Nat let me ask you this: Will there be any acrylic sign holders with business card pockets at your birthday party? I love acrylic sign holders with business card pockets. Nat, what about a 3-level acrylic riser. Will there be any 3-level acrylic risers there? I'm just asking. Will you be having acrylic wedges at your party? I should let you know that I'm allergic to acrylic wedges. I just want you to know that. I won't be able to come if I see acrylic wedges and counter leather necklace displays. I'm not allergic to counter leather necklace displays, I just don't like them. I love acrylic sign holders with business card pockets, but I can't stand leather necklace displays. Nat, how about black acrylic necklace stands? Are you planning on having black acrylic necklace stands at your birthday party? I don't have anything against black acrylic necklace stands. I'm just asking. Do you still have that 3 tier fiberglass earring holder I gave you last year for your birthday? It cost me a fortune, but only the best 3 tier fiberglass earring holder for my friend, Nat. Nat, how do you feel about large 3-piece acrylic riser sets? Will there be a velvet apple ring case at your birthday party? I love to play pin the tail on the velvet apple ring case. Will there be a 3-level acrylic T-bar there, Nat? I fell off a 3-level acrylic T-bar once when I was a kid. I needed 20 spool stitches in my Plexiglas dome. It hurt like a leather lock necklace. Nat, will there be any half dome chain anklets at your party or anklet half dome acrylic bracelets? You know how much I love half dome chain anklets and anklet half dome acrylic bracelets. I don't want you to think me high maintenance. It's your birthday party after all. I can't wait until you see what I got you for your birthday. You're going to be smiling from T-bar to T-bar.
SHANE ALLISON hates and lives in Tallahassee, Florida. His poems have graced the pages of Fence, New York Quarterly, West Wind Review, Mississippi Review, and New Delta Review. His first poetry collection Slut Machine is out with Queer Mojo Press and his second book, I Remember was published by Future Tense Books. He is finishing up his first novel.