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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. Ninetieth Birthday , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  5. 5. Birthday, Birthday, Happy Birthday , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  6. 6. Poem For My 43rd Birthday , Charles Bukowski
  7. 7. A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday , Henry Van Dyke
  8. 8. A Birthday , Aleister Crowley
  9. 9. Happy Birthday , Sylvia Chidi
  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. The Birthday Card , Ernestine Northover
  14. 14. A Birthday Song. To S. G. , Sidney Lanier
  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. - (Birthday Poem #1) For Someone .. , Ronberge (anno primo)
  19. 19. Birthday , Robert William Service
  20. 20. To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died De.. , Jane Austen
  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. A Ninth Birthday , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  25. 25. On His Eightieth Birthday , Walter Savage Landor
  26. 26. Birthday , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  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. The Celebration Of Jesus' Birthday , Helen Click Roberts
  32. 32. Birthday - Birthday Appreciation , Shashidhar Kumar
  33. 33. The Birthday Wall (Children) , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. A Birthday Poem , john tiong chunghoo
  35. 35. Nursery Rhyme For A Twenty-First Birthday , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  36. 36. A Birthday Poem For Keppel , Alison Cassidy
  37. 37. A Limerick To Esther Leclerc On Her Birt.. , Chuck Audette
  38. 38. February 21 - Whose Birthday Today? , Michael Shepherd
  39. 39. An Ode To Anna Russell, On Her Birthday , Chuck Audette
  40. 40. Happy Birthday Dad , Arfa Karim
  41. 41. A Birthday Gift , Robert Fuller Murray
  42. 42. Song Composed For Washington's Birthday , Henry Timrod
  43. 43. Happy Birthday Dad , Jim Milks
  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. I Know She'Ll Be Alright (For Chelsey's .. , Mary Nagy
  48. 48. Birthday Wishes To A Physician , Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
  49. 49. Best Birthday Haiku- Birthday Cake , john tiong chunghoo
  50. 50. My Daughter On Her Thirtieth Birthday , Alison Cassidy
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