"Happy Birthday Marty"

by Jerry Ratch

The bum had abandoned 

More than half of his rich 

Chocolate cake 

In the bottom of the shopping cart 


The wording on the top of the cake read

"Happy Birthday Marty" 

But it also read 

"From Marty" 


Either he was too full

To eat his own words 

Or suddenly he got sick 

Enough of life 

To finish