Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Happy Birthday

File:Coloured lanterns at the Lotus Lantern Festival.jpg
Colored lanterns at the Lotus Lantern
Festival in 
SeoulSouth Korea,
celebrating the anniversary
of the 
Buddha's birthday
“So what if nobody came?
I’ll have all the ice cream and tea,
And I’ll laugh with myself,
And I’ll dance with myself,
And I’ll sing, “Happy Birthday to me!”
 ― Shel Silverstein

“Rocket ships
are exciting
but so are roses
on a birthday.” 
― Leonard NimoyCome Be With Me

Midweek Motif ~ Happy Birthday

Everyone and everything I know of has a birthday.  Today I ask you to celebrate a specific birth in honor of Spring which officially begins tomorrow, March 20th on the vernal Equinox.   Choose someone or thing you want to think about; choose yourself or someone you love; or choose a day you gave birth to a baby or to an idea.   Consider making your poem a birthday song.

                                      E.E. Cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of all nothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

See also:
Cheerios by Billy Collins,  A Birthday by Christina Rossetti, and Morning Song by Sylvia Plath.

(Next week's Midweek Motif will be on speaking more than one language.)

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  1. Good Wednesday morning, Poets! It is someone's birthday somewhere!! Smiles. And the first day of spring tomorrow. Something to celebrate indeed.

  2. I echo your greetings, Mary. I was off exploring a world I had not visited before--on the web, of course. Happy Birthday or Happy Un-Birthday to everyone.

  3. Good morning! I'm celebrating snow today and spring - tomorrow! :)xx

    1. I hope the transition is that quick and easy!

  4. A beautiful prompt two days before my birthday :). Thank you!

    1. Happy Birthday. Are birthdays impt to you?

  5. I'm glad you shared a poem from Leonard Nimoy - I really enjoy his work.
    Happy Spring to all of you!

  6. Susan,

    Returning back to my timings here in the UK, after my wonderful week in Arizona. So sorry to have left behind the warming 30c weather:)
    My poem is hopefully a spring of faith...


    1. Definitely adds to my faith! Welcome home.

  7. Ha, I'm linking to one I wrote for my son in 2008. He has a September birthday, which is the beginning of Spring in our part of the world.

  8. Mine is up at: ‎

  9. I'll be back in the morning Philadelphia time in the USA. I haven't seen Rosemary's or Purplepen's posted yet--something to look forward to! Happy Birthday and Happy Un-birthday to all.

    1. Oh, my inetrnet probs - thought I had linked but it evidently didn't go through. But is done now.

  10. Thank you for the prompt, had a fun time with it.

  11. Today, March 20, is the UN's International Day of Happiness! I didn't know there was one.

  12. a wonderful prompt Susan....Happy moments to you all... :)

  13. That's all, Folks! Post the rest of your poems in our Pantry tomorrow. Same time, same place next week, when I ask you to write in more than one language or to write a poem about language/cultural awareness. That awareness is our motif. Have a happy weekend.


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