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! A Birthday Celebration - Poem by Michael Shepherd

How strange it seems, that old age follows youth!
when all the world seemed one's own, at that time,
with time enough to seek a higher truth -
who'd guess the stairs so steep, so slow to climb?

Worn carpets and worn kneecaps are old age
- and yet, a blessed time for life of mind:
for those who wish, a different sense of wage;
free-chosen universal work to find;

and yet more blessed still: that earth-bound soul
to meet and greet, and work its soil and flowers;
to live with gratitude; and scan the whole
to find that One which proves the whole world ours.

As iron age yields to the gold of truth,
so our old age may find within, true youth.


Comments about ! A Birthday Celebration by Michael Shepherd

  • Rookie Lynn Cowman (6/15/2005 6:08:00 AM)

    What A Wonderful Read...
    I enjoyed this very much, A very talented, well thought out piece..
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  • Rookie Raynette Eitel (4/18/2005 9:21:00 AM)

    This is beautiful, Michael. I especially loved the final couplet. At my age, I understand this poem way too well, especially the part about 'worn carpets and worn kneecaps.' (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler (4/8/2005 7:50:00 AM)

    ha ha ha, Microsoft! this was fantastic! i'm off to Boots to get some hair dye. should i pick some up for you?

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Poems About Birthday

  1. 1. A Birthday Poem , Ted Kooser
  2. 2. A Birthday , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  3. 3. Poem On His Birthday , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. Poem For My 43rd Birthday , Charles Bukowski
  5. 5. Birthday, Birthday, Happy Birthday , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  6. 6. A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday , Henry Van Dyke
  7. 7. Ninetieth Birthday , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  8. 8. Happy Birthday , Sylvia Chidi
  9. 9. A Birthday , Aleister Crowley
  10. 10. For K.R. On Her Sixtieth Birthday , Richard Wilbur
  11. 11. A Birthday Candle , Donald Justice
  12. 12. Ninon De Lenclos, On Her Last Birthday , Dorothy Parker
  13. 13. To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died De.. , Jane Austen
  14. 14. The Birthday Card , Ernestine Northover
  15. 15. - (Birthday Poem #5) To A Libra , Ronberge (anno primo)
  16. 16. Stella's Birthday March 13, 1727 , Jonathan Swift
  17. 17. - (Birthday Poem #4) For A Virgo , Ronberge (anno primo)
  18. 18. A Birthday Song. To S. G. , Sidney Lanier
  19. 19. Birthday , Robert William Service
  20. 20. - (Birthday Poem #1) For Someone .. , Ronberge (anno primo)
  21. 21. ! A Birthday Celebration , Michael Shepherd
  22. 22. - (Birthday Poem #3) For A Leo , Ronberge (anno primo)
  23. 23. For A Thirteenth Birthday , Lisel Mueller
  24. 24. On His Eightieth Birthday , Walter Savage Landor
  25. 25. Birthday , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  26. 26. A Ninth Birthday , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. (dodgy Dave Tale) Happy Birthday , JoJo Bean
  28. 28. A Strictly Not A Poem Birthday Greeting .. , Alison Cassidy
  29. 29. A Happy Birthday Sonnet For Jerry , Alison Cassidy
  30. 30. On My Birthday, July 21 , Matthew Prior
  31. 31. A Birthday Gift , Robert Fuller Murray
  32. 32. Happy Birthday Dad , Jim Milks
  33. 33. The Celebration Of Jesus' Birthday , Helen Click Roberts
  34. 34. Birthday - Birthday Appreciation , Shashidhar Kumar
  35. 35. The Birthday Wall (Children) , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. A Birthday Poem , john tiong chunghoo
  37. 37. Nursery Rhyme For A Twenty-First Birthday , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  38. 38. A Birthday Poem For Keppel , Alison Cassidy
  39. 39. A Limerick To Esther Leclerc On Her Birt.. , Chuck Audette
  40. 40. February 21 - Whose Birthday Today? , Michael Shepherd
  41. 41. An Ode To Anna Russell, On Her Birthday , Chuck Audette
  42. 42. Happy Birthday Dad , Arfa Karim
  43. 43. Song Composed For Washington's Birthday , Henry Timrod
  44. 44. A Birthday Night Out , Alison Cassidy
  45. 45. Happy 10th Birthday Samia , Seema Chowdhury
  46. 46. Happy 37th Birthday Sunny , Seema Chowdhury
  47. 47. Happy Birthday, My Dear Wife! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  48. 48. I Know She'Ll Be Alright (For Chelsey's .. , Mary Nagy
  49. 49. Birthday Wishes To A Physician , Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
  50. 50. My Daughter On Her Thirtieth Birthday , Alison Cassidy
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