Finuala Dowling

Four Poems

New fashion surprise parties

Because surprise parties can kill,
especially in the over eighties,
a new way of surprising has been devised,
approved by health advisors.

The celebrant tiptoes into the room –
this averts heart attacks among her friends –
while they, in reply,
leap imperceptibly from their seats
whispering surprise surprise
without any kind of punctuation.

Everybody has their hearing aids off
and nobody dies.


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