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  • July 20th, 2006 | 9:00 PM
Poetry Friday - a birthday poem

Happy Poetry Friday, which just happens to be my birthday too. So I went looking for a birthday poem and found one (albeit a wee bit on the heavy side). I had to share it though since this poet has the same birthday as me!


On My Birthday, July 21
  
I, MY dear, was born to-day—  
So all my jolly comrades say:  
They bring me music, wreaths, and mirth,  
And ask to celebrate my birth:  
Little, alas! my comrades know         
That I was born to pain and woe;  
To thy denial, to thy scorn,  
Better I had ne'er been born:  
I wish to die, even whilst I say—  
'I, my dear, was born to-day.'  
I, my dear, was born to-day:  
Shall I salute the rising ray,  
Well-spring of all my joy and woe?  
Clotilda, thou alone dost know.  
Shall the wreath surround my hair?  
Or shall the music please my ear?  
Shall I my comrades' mirth receive,  
And bless my birth, and wish to live?  
Then let me see great Venus chase  
Imperious anger from thy face;  
Then let me hear thee smiling say—  
'Thou, my dear, wert born to-day.'

Matthew Prior, 1664–1721 
Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900. 
   

Someone perhaps not on your normal poetry Friday rounds is desayunoencama Make sure to check out his poem here. And I'm pretty sure kellyrfineman will have a poetry Friday post sometime during the day so don't forget to look for it.

 

tired
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.



Comments

( 25 comments — Leave comment )
coppervale
July 21st, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!!

And Happy Friday!!

Happy Friday Birthday!!!
slayground
July 21st, 2006 04:32 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! :)
jadedmetaphor
July 21st, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
newport2newport
July 21st, 2006 06:49 am (UTC)
I like this part of the poem:
"[My friends] bring me music, wreaths, and mirth,
And ask to celebrate my birth."

I hope your birthday is like that.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Susan!


slatts
July 21st, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
tick tock goes the clock
another birthday comes around
writer of HUGGING THE ROCK
susan taylor brown

hapy bday, susan!!!
jenlibrarian
July 21st, 2006 09:39 am (UTC)
happy day!
desayunoencama
July 21st, 2006 10:26 am (UTC)
Feliz cumpleaños!
:-)
jkcarter
July 21st, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Susan. May your day overflow with joy and love!
writerross
July 21st, 2006 10:52 am (UTC)
Oh my g-d! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE SWEEEEEETEST SUSAN ever. Ev-er.

Love you so much. Always and forever.

I hope this is the birthday of all birthdays.

HUGGING you,
Pamela
christinenorris
July 21st, 2006 12:28 pm (UTC)
Happy, HAPPY Birthday!
crcook
July 21st, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
have a lovely birthday!
cynthialord
July 21st, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
title or description

Happy Birthday, Susan!
tamarak
July 21st, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. Why do I have to follow up C. Lord's happy-dance man and that flashy b-day cake? :)

Happy birthday, Susan!
kmarcus
July 21st, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Susan!
{{{{{{{}}}}}}}
xo
edenzdream
July 21st, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday! Hope it's wonderful for you.
mountainmist
July 21st, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!!
Happy Birthday, dear Susan!! Have a wonderful day.

love
kerryxx
quiller77
July 21st, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC)
H-h-h-happy birthday! Have a great day.
(Anonymous)
July 21st, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Happy, happy birthday, Susan! What a great date, btw. So mathematically beautiful, 7/21
(Anonymous)
July 21st, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
Hi Susan:

Previous comment was from me--Kelly at Big A little a (I've lost my livejournal password and haven't looked it up on the road!)
lizzb
July 21st, 2006 10:14 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday
juliewinkler
July 21st, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC)
birthday buddy-
I will add this to my own collection- I will try and send you the daily poem from The Writer's Almanac- and hopefully your name and mine will be sung one of these years!
Here's the address: newsletter@americanpublicmedia.org
enjoy!
(Anonymous)
July 22nd, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday,Happy Birthday! Wish I knew how to post a pic, I would of a big cake, too!

Don, Devast
haworth_attard
July 22nd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! A little late.
Mine is on July 25! Leo.
bunnykissd
July 22nd, 2006 11:15 pm (UTC)
Happy belated birthday! TODAY is my birthday! :D
kidlit_kim
July 23rd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Hope you had a super birthday! Sorry I'm late to the party :-)
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WHO AM I?



Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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