Not Really A Very Good Poem

‘Tis the eve of my birthday

One of those birthdays that end in a 0

So for some reason are deemed more significant

Than most other birthdays.

Sometimes birthdays that end in 5 are major hurdles

but not usually until you reach 65

Though 25 is an exception ~

A few others that seem noteworthy are 18, 19, and 21


13 is a milestone, and sweet 16 too

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Birthday to You! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But what about all the other years?

Why are 31, 41, 51 and my next year’s birthday less remarkable?

I have decided that every year and every age is important

And am going to celebrate each and every one as if they ended in O!

(Okay, this writing a poem a day is getting a little long in the tooth—today shows the definite strain of trying to come up with something close to acceptable—but hey, I am still hanging in there, though today it seems only by the skin of my teeth). I am trusting you will not be too hard on me.

Bliss is sometimes putting it out there even if it is not quite up to par — sometimes you have to settle for good enough. Do you agree?

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  1. Happy birthday to you. I agree. Every birthday should be treated as special. 🙂

    • absolutely — they are all important but it was brought home to me when a friend my age died a few weeks ago–guess I am feeling a bit vulnerable and want to celebrate every year–I am no longer regretting my age but embracing it

      • “Never regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many.”
        I saw this on one of the blog posts the other day, and it really spoke to me.

      • that is perfect — think I may use that tomorrow–do you mind?

      • Not at all. I can’t remember who’s blog I pinched it from. 🙂

  2. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear LouAnn, happy birthday to you 😀

  3. You’re getting to an age where you may not have any teeth to have skin on… I know I am. Mind you I’m a whole 18 days older than you are. I’m in my dotage

  4. Birthdays are a good time to reflect….the reflection goes down much better with a glass of wine….Cheers Lou:)

    • I’ll drink to that– and quoting my wise sister I say “It is five o’clock somewhere”

  5. In the words of that immortal poet, The Bumper Sticker: “You can grow old, but that doesn’t mean you have to grow up.” *grins wickedly*

    Happy birthday, LouAnn. I hope it’s a marvelous one.

  6. Happy Birthday Eve LouAnn. And yes sometimes settling for good enough is bliss– it eases the mind.

    • it does sometimes as long as we don’t “settle” all the time—thank you for the birthday wishes

      • Very true oh Wise One of the interweb

      • oooh I like that moniker–may I make it my own?

      • Please do. It is my birthday gift to you 🙂

      • and a fine gift it is indeed!

  7. Happy almost birthday my crazy, chocolate loving friend :)!!!! My hubby is turning 51 on Monday, so we are going to the casino tonight. Too bad you don’t live closer – you could come with us :). Just remember, this is not a hurdle. It’s just another stage of the amazing adventure we call life. Have fun and eat lots of chocolate cake!! And make sure the hubby buys you something really, really nice (and expensive LOL).

    • a nice thought–I may just go to the casino here and play the penny slots — how devil may care is that? Thank you for your well wishes (a nice and expensive gift) and I will make sure to eat lots of chocolate cake!

  8. Happy Birthday to you! . I live your attitude. Every year is worth celebrating.

    • thank you – I never understood why one birthday is supposed to be more important than another

  9. Happiest of Birthdays to you!!!

  10. Happy Birthday, my sweet friend!!!!
    I agree, that we need to celebrate
    each birthday as if it ended in 0.
    And yes, good enough is the way to go. Why waste precious time fussing when the person behind the poem is an exceptionally wonderful person. That’s the beauty of being such a stellar spirit, you can put “good enough” out there and no one will bat an eye. 😉

    Have a beautiful birthday LouAnn, one that is worthy of your lovely self.
    Big Birthday Hugs!!!!

  11. Happy birthday to you! Now that I’m in my 40s I do appreciate my birthday more, I just don’t want to be reminded of the actual number that’s all.

  12. Lou, Happy, happy Birthday!!! And your writing, your thoughts and your wonderful reflections about life and bliss are never “just good enough.” They are wonderful — just like you — and like fine wine, you get better all the time. I raise my glass in celebration to you and hope you have the most glorious birthday ever because you deserve it. Happy Birthday! I have a hat on and am blowing one of those annoyingly loud horns in celebration and yes, we need to celebrate each and every one. They are a gift and a reason to celebrate. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOU!!!!!!!

    • why thank you — I can just see you now–someday maybe we can celebrate in person–but virtual celebration with some of my besties (as Amy from The Big Bang Theory would say) is a treat

  13. Happy Birthday to you! 60 was the only birthday that I really ‘felt’, and I’m surprised that the feeling of mortality has followed me these last 3 years. But I am enjoying the senior discounts!

    • I have not yet sucuumbed (nor do I know how to spell this word without spellcheck–someone should talk to WordPress about that) to the discounts–that would mean an admission on my part–but I am almost there

  14. Let me join in wishing you a wonderful Happy Birthday… Poetry is to express your ideas and emotions in whatever form it takes and you did that…so don’t be so hard on yourself. …I think you’re right about only certain birthdays being important….they all are! We’re one year older and ‘wiser’ .. Diane

    • I am glad you agree–and thank you for the birthday wishes and consoling me about my poetry–you gave me a new lease

  15. Happy birthday! I hope it’s fantastic! And you’re right, every birthday should be treated as special. I’m planning to keep celebrating mine even when I’m old and wrinkly. 😀

    Also, do post a picture of your cake, won’t you? 😉

    • not that I know how to post things — but you never know–old dogs can learn new tricks–thanks for the good wishes

  16. happy birthday luann-you’re a better poet than you think!

  17. Happy Birthday, LouAnn (tomorrow). I know – I haven’t posted my poem (or written yet, for that matter) today. Thanks for the incentive, I”m losing momentum. I think I’ll do that now.

    • it is easy to be stumped some days–but Cathy we are doing it–(although I still owe a poem for Day 1 as it got away from me and I did not start until Day 2)
      thanks for the good wishes

      • Thanks, LouAnn. Needed the pep talk!

  18. Hmmm, I don’t think that birthdays ending in 0 (or 5, or any other number) are any more special than any others. To me, they’re a convenient marker for reviewing a period of Life. Just as a birthday is an opportunity for reflection and checking where I was a year ago and where I am today, so the “eras” I like to check in with give me pause to focus on a somewhat larger picture. I like to follow multiples of 5, 7, 10, and 12. Happy birthday, LouAnn. May every day be special! xoxoM

  19. Happy birthday to you!!!

  20. LouAnn, happy birthday to you!!!!!!! I had no idea you was worser off then moi ;).

  21. I loved this poem! It has a fun feel to it.
    I am all for celebrating each year – heck – each day! Every day is significant – right?
    Happy Birthday! 🙂

    • that does not surprise me about you–you are almost always up and a good celebrator–thanks for the good wishes

  22. Happy birthday! You are right – every birthday deserves equal celebratory rights. And cake.. I hope you have lots of cake. 🙂

    • already had some today as my youngest son is going back to London–so we had a celebratory lunch and cake and ice cream!
      thanks for the good wishes

  23. Each birthday is special no matter what the number. Hope you have a special day! 🙂 Will you have a special treat to celebrate?

    • People have made wonderful plans for me–so I have lots of treats in store–thanks for asking

  24. Happy birthday! My husband is a couple years older than me. It seems like it is always a bit traumatic when he reaches a new milestone–but then it doesn’t seem too difficult when I get there. 🙂

    • he has paved the way for you–my husband is exactly a month older than me, so for a month I get to call him an old geezer, the I join him!

  25. I totally agree! I am trying to learn this particular art of bliss as well!

    I hope you have a wonderful birthday 🙂

  26. Happy birthday! I think the odd numbered birthdays are yucky, with the exception of the 5’s. Even numbered are way better. It’s a stupid thing to think. You, however, are a genius! Celebrate them all like even numbers and be happy!

    • I used to have the same prejudice against odd numbers–I wonder why? Now every number is going to be good.

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  28. 🎶🎁🎶 Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear LouAnnnnnnnnnn, Happy Birthday to you 🎶🎁🎶

    Hope you have a wonderful day doing whatever you want to do the most because it’s your special day!! And don’t forget to eat lots of chocolate cake!!

  29. I agree with your summation of settling for what might not be as good as you want. Everything can not be as perfect as we would like. I have had to settle for “not so hot” quite a bit with this blogging thing. It is quite upsetting when things turn out not as I had anticipated in the beginning. Oh well. That is life, Lou Ann. Keep on trucking, lady. You are doing a good job. And happy birthday already in case you don’t announce the day. 🙂

    • thank you for the birthday wishes — it is official – today I am 60 (wow–cannot believe it)
      and yes, sometimes we have to settle for less than perfect, cause who the heck is perfect?

      • Lou Ann you are still in the prime of life. You are gracious and a lovely person and you will have many years ahead to achieve all of your hopes and dreams. Thanks for the reply.

      • thank you for the encouragement — I am starting to look at things that way too–it took me a while,but I am so glad you pointed it out–our hopes and dreams do not stop when we reach any age

  30. Bliss indeed is sometimes settling “for less” — and recognizing that perhaps it was more than good enough, and that the “more” wasn’t what you really wanted or needed anyway.

  31. Happy birthday !!

  32. happy birthday! and cheers to us all posting many not really very good poems heh heh

  33. A belated happy birthday to you! Hope it was wonderful, and I predict you don’t even feel any older! ~ Sheila

  34. I’ll be 64 next month but it kinda ends in 0 as in “Oh my God !”

  35. Happy belated birthday!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day! Many blessings 😀

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