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.