Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Birthday Girl


a decade ago
I discovered quite by chance
my child father’s
early scribbling to his ‘Nan’.

‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAN
WITH FONDEST LOVE
MALCOLM’

Today I received
a perfectly ordinary
birthday card
from you.

Its child-like letters
tiptoed
across the page.
Its message of devotion
was unequivocal.

‘ALLIE PIE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
SWEETHEART
MY FONDEST LOVE
ALWAYS
JERRY’

Perhaps one day
my children’s children
will find it tucked away among my things.

Submitted: Sunday, August 03, 2008
Edited: Sunday, April 05, 2009

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  • Rookie Jessica Jemima (1/15/2009 2:16:00 AM)

    Really sweet - I hope that the card is found one day. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carl Harris (9/24/2008 10:12:00 AM)

    This is a beautifully tender poem, Allie, recalling one of life's fond memories wonderfully well. What I liked about it was your common sense approach, vividly recalling finding a similar birthday card from your father to your mother and noting the probability that this card too, like the earlier one, would be found by your children or grandchildren. Your intense focus on one of the little facets of humanity is what makes this such a fascinating write. Carl. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ashraful Musaddeq (9/14/2008 12:17:00 PM)

    A lovely observation, lovely poem on birthday. Enjoyed. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Amie-Lee ...... (8/17/2008 2:08:00 AM)

    Hi there Allie,

    great to see you geting back into it again. Great poem, keep it up

    Best wishes, Amie xoxoxoxox (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Foulk (8/14/2008 4:17:00 PM)

    Alison this was a very lovely piece you wrote, very tender and warm. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 11 Points Andrew Blakemore (8/8/2008 8:41:00 AM)

    Such a sweet poem Alison, I really enjoy reading your work. Best wishes, Andrew x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Emancipation Planz (8/8/2008 5:11:00 AM)

    Plz... do you accept late Birthday Wishes.... aroha Deana xxxxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Magda Graf (8/6/2008 4:14:00 PM)

    Hi Birthday Girl,

    Best wishes from Germany to you and all the best!
    Love, Magda (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,093 Points Jerry Hughes (8/6/2008 1:02:00 AM)

    thank you beautiful girl and happy birthday. much love, jerry (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (8/5/2008 10:18:00 PM)

    Happy birthday, Alison. May you receive many more such cards. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sandra Fowler (8/5/2008 9:45:00 PM)

    The message is simple, the implications profound.Happy birthday, dear Alison.
    You have much to celebrate. And in my heart, I celebrate with you. Best to you and Jerry now and always.

    Love,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paul Hamer (8/5/2008 5:22:00 AM)

    Birthdays and Death-days,
    days in-between,
    seizing of the moments
    that have been.

    H.B. Capital P.
    x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 200 Points Ernestine Northover (8/4/2008 12:23:00 PM)

    Hey, a great birthday Eh! Well many happy returns of this one and do let me know when you celebrate your 21st. Blessings to you both. Lovely write too.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Original Unknown Girl (8/4/2008 8:39:00 AM)

    Aww! ! ! Happy Birthday for the 6th August, lovely penning Allie, I always love how you turn the ordinary into the most extra-ordinary... Gorgeous. HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,237 Points David Harris (8/3/2008 4:58:00 PM)

    Allie, awww, that is sweet. May I add my Birthday Wishes as well. Hope you have a wonderful day. You get top marks from me for this little beauty. Also top marks for the beauty who wrote it. Happy Birthday Allie for the 6th.
    Love and Hugs
    David xxxxx (Report) Reply

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