Birthday Greetings To You
by Catherine Pulsifer, © 2015
This is the anniversary of the day you were born
There is no reason for you to scorn
A day for a party, presents and gifts
We hope this day gives you a lift
Always remember age is only a date
And you determine your own fate
I wish you happiness and joy in life
And many more birthdays to bring you delight
A Birthday Wish
Poet: John Imrie
Birthday greetings now I send,
Full of gladness, love, and joy,
May this year, my loving friend,
Bring thee peace without alloy;
Keep this token as a charm.
Proof of Friendship ever dear,
Fain would I shield thee from harm
All this happy golden year!
AT twenty-five — at twenty-five,
The heart should not be cold;
It still is young in deeds to strive,
Though half life's tale be told;
And Fame should keep its youth alive,
If Love would make it old.
But mine is like that plant which grew
And wither'd in a night,
Which from the skies of midnight drew
Its ripening and its blight —
Matured in Heaven's tears of dew,
And faded ere her light.
Its hues, in sorrow's darkness bom,
In tears were foster'd first;
Its powers, from passion's frenzy drawn,
In passion's gloom were nurs'd —
And perishing ere manhood's dawn.
Did prematurely burst
Yet all I've learnt from hours rife
With painful brooding here
Is that, amid this mortal strife.
The lapse of every year
But takes away a hope from life,
And adds to death a fear.
Here's wishing you a birthday
That's happy through and through
For you're so nice, that's just the kind
That you're entitled to!
Once A Year
by Catherine Pulsifer, © 2020
Birthdays come but once a year
A time for fun and lots of cheer
For some they fear the day
They don't want to get old and gray.
Your age truly matters not
What matters is your thoughts
Live each day and celebrate life
Stay positive when faced with strife.
So be happy to see your birthday arrive
You have another year and you're alive
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