Birthday girl


hey it’s my birthday!
I know that
but do you?

I popped from the womb
upside down early
I jerked and I jumped

right out of my pram
they called me Jigger
who never lay still

when you think of the odds
what a marvel
oh what a thrill!

and every day
I’ve clambered
from the dark of sleep

and there I was and here I am
with 20 years ahead
to jiggle and wriggle and always

upside down and early
to squeeze and crawl and run
into the sun

and every day’s my happy
and every day’s my birthday
I haven’t had my fill

here I am I am I am
happy birthday me
happy birthday you

poem written in a rush on 24 February 2017, my 77th birthday
rachel mcalpine CC BY 2.0
that means you may copy it and share it, but give me credit
and please note that this sudden poem may well be altered when I settle down

Happy birthday to you! (You woke up, didn’t you?)

33 thoughts on “Birthday girl

  1. Lovely poem! I hope you have a happy day and that there are more than another 20 jiggly, wiggly, upside-down years!

    1. You reckon? 21 would do.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I hope you’re having a happy one!

    1. Indeed I am.

  3. toutparmoi says:

    Today (well, here in Wellington, anyway) is a glorious morning for anyone’s birthday! It has a real doing-things-and-going-places feel to it.

    1. Up up and away!

  4. Bel says:

    Happy Birthday! 😊

    1. Thank you!

  5. Happy birthday, dear lady!

    1. Many thanks

  6. nikimaryfrancis says:

    Fabulous poem, Rachel. I love it! Wishing you a supercalifragilistically happy day!

    1. That’s great

  7. Aw…happy birthday, Rachel! I hope it was a great day! I loved your poem. <3

    1. Thanks Jill!

  8. lifecameos says:

    Happy birthday ! I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year.

    1. I am halfway there because I have had a perfect day thanks!

      1. lifecameos says:

        Wonderful !

  9. Happy birthday and here’s to many more.

    1. Yessss, I’ll drink to that!

  10. Val says:

    Happy birthday, Rachel! And I enjoyed the poem. 🙂

    1. You like it? It’s yours!

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  11. Lively Life says:

    fun and happy 🙂

  12. I hope you did indeed have a happy birthday.

    1. Happy all day long!

  13. Aunt Beulah says:

    I loved every word of this jubilant, life-celebrating poem. In fact, I read it aloud to myself, because a good poem is even better when heard. Hurray for you, hurray for your poem, hurray for life, and happy birthday to you.

  14. Robyn Haynes says:

    Your poem made me happy on your happy day too! Congratulations you!

    1. That’s good news.

  15. joared says:

    A belated Happy Birthday to you — rightside up or upside down!

    1. After a certain age every day is a birthday, don’t you think?

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