I appreciate that you told me
I could use a touch of glow.
I like to glow everywhere,

just like a Christmas tree,
the biggest and brightest
you ever saw — that’s me.

I like to bring a little sparkle.
I like to illuminate the darkest
reaches of the furthest human mind,
or the furthest of the darkest.

Something like that.
Someone called me Sparkles
once — it’s the name
I’ve answered to ever since.

I think people appreciate
a shot in the dark, a shot
of Sparkles, like ice-cold
vodka on a starless night.

For the PAD Chapbook Challenge, Day 27. Prompt: An appreciative poem.


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