Paul Hostovsky

Toast the unexpected, drink
to every flabbergasting
turn, exult in the getting
it wrong, because the mistakes
are a surprise party thrown
for you by your best
idea, whom you're no longer
married to, hallelujah!
And the guests you will never
guess in a million years—
you get to make love to them all!
How much better than snuggling up
with that good book, that good
spouse of a theory you had. Here now
is this exclamatory confetti, this pop
go the spirits—it’s your spirit’s
birthday. Say thank you. Say
you are all welcome here.