Stephen Page has a poem titled “Liliana’s Birthday and the Aftermath” published in the Heron Clan Anthology IX.
Here is an excerpt:
Today you are 23. Happy Birthday! Remember Capri, the boat ride, the grotto?
Sometimes what you think you need,
Is only what you think you need.
I poach two eggs, toast two pieces of bread, juice a lemon for her and oranges for me, pour two cups of coffee, and kiss her as she enters the kitchen.
We drive the sea route into Punta del Antonio looking for whales. We lunch on rib meat while sitting at a table in the sun in a garden . . .”
Find the issue here: https://dougstuber.wordpress.com/2022/08/12/order-heron-clan-ix-here/