Twenty Candles

Poem by Brooke Torrez

it had to be today

the day you're embarking

on adulthood and

they're barking out

every curse in the book

1756 pacific coast highway

tension thicker than

the syrup that drips

onto the napkins

that you cried into

emerald street

they call your name

and close the door

ask if you get

why they act like this

eyes to the tan carpet

you say, "of course."

21800 hawthorne blvd.

cry some more

in the car

your dad will ask

how you are

so you keep crying

you can't stop

5101 calle de ricardo

it got better

then it was gone

as quick as a

polaroid flashes

into your green eyes

here's to forgetting

here's to twenty-one