Birthday candles are untapped wishes

I remember when

all the lights went out,

due to an unpaid electricity bill.

All my sister & I

could find in the house

were birthday candles.

But each time my mom would light one, 

one of us would make a wish

& blow it out. 


II.

Mom got angry & told us to sing a song instead,

so we sang happy birthday to the dark


III.

For the price of a lotto ticket

you could buy a box of

birthday candles.

That twelve wishes.

Twelve chances to win money.

Maybe from the lotto.

If you had played.