Twenty-Six

Happy Birthday to you!Today I am older.
Just a little bit more,
And on this date
In 1904,

Another man was born.
We saw eye-to-eye;
Both kids at heart.
He was my kind of guy.

Age doesn’t matter.
At least, not to me.
It’s growing up that sucks.
Dr. Seuss would agree.

So I’m staying young,
Forever. For real.
Age is irrelevant.
That’s my new deal.

But I do love holidays
And birthdays are great
So yeah, I’m twenty-six.
And I’ll celebrate.

I’ll raise a glass
(or a cupcake and a beer)
to the enjoyable passage
of another great year,

And I humbly ask you
To write me a note
Or maybe a wish,
Or a favorite quote;

Anything you’d like
To share with me here.
Anything that you have
That can help me this year.

Thanks in advance,
Friends and family,
for all the good wishes.
Happy Birthday to me!

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5 responses to “Twenty-Six

  1. Peter Bulger

    O Me! O Life!
    by Walt Whitman

    O Me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;
    Of the endless trains of the faithless—of cities fill’d with the foolish;
    Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)
    Of eyes that vainly crave the light—of the objects mean—of the struggle ever renew’d;
    Of the poor results of all—of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;
    Of the empty and useless years of the rest—with the rest me intertwined;
    The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?

    Answer.

    That you are here—that life exists, and identity;
    That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

    Happy Birthday, sucka. Love you.

  2. To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch…

    To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

    This is to have succeeded!

    -Widely attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, although there is some reasonable debate on the matter.

    Happy birthday, I love you, and by the measure above you are a wild success!

  3. You are not en route.
    You are already there.

    (I read that recently, and I’m not sure where. It’s not the first time I’ve read something similar, but it spoke to me.)

    I hope your birthday was fantastic. There are good times ahead.

  4. Carol

    A Dr. Suess principle to live by, on his birthday and yours (but not nearly as good as your own Suess-isms:

    “I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

    You’re the best!

    Love, Carol

  5. You’re out of this world
    Except you’re not green

    -Justin Timberlake, “Nothin’ Else”

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