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
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”
Lovely poem! I hope you have a happy day and that there are more than another 20 jiggly, wiggly, upside-down years!
You reckon? 21 would do.
I hope you’re having a happy one!
Indeed I am.
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.
Up up and away!
Happy Birthday! 😊
Happy birthday, dear lady!
Fabulous poem, Rachel. I love it! Wishing you a supercalifragilistically happy day!
Aw…happy birthday, Rachel! I hope it was a great day! I loved your poem. <3
Happy birthday ! I hope you have a great day and a wonderful year.
I am halfway there because I have had a perfect day thanks!
Happy birthday and here’s to many more.
Yessss, I’ll drink to that!
Happy birthday, Rachel! And I enjoyed the poem. 🙂
You like it? It’s yours!
fun and happy 🙂
I hope you did indeed have a happy birthday.
Happy all day long!
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.
Your poem made me happy on your happy day too! Congratulations you!
That’s good news.
A belated Happy Birthday to you — rightside up or upside down!
After a certain age every day is a birthday, don’t you think?
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