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Happy Birthday ~ poem

Happy Birthday

Can you remember;

or, is it only a story

told and told until it becomes

what you believe is your reality


That day you mysteriously passed

from one realm into the next,

having floated in that seawomb

of oblivion


Yelping, speechless, totally dependent –

one year later a celebration of one year

passed; and, on and on until there are

no more


Some I’ve known have come and gone so fast

it took my breath away and, to this day,

their sudden loss is felt


Others stayed for many years, celebration

after celebration until, finally, all the

vital parts slowed down, faded, failing, slipping

into Rest


Loved short or long (some unknown, but

told of or heard on the evening news)     It is

the way we all must go — from flesh to flesh

and dust to dust, we do not know the number

of our days


(In this dark, still night I think about these things)


The coming in

The going out


It is the Spirit that survives, lives on


Only for a moment or two (however short

or long that is) does Spirit take body and is



Happy Birthday

Birth Day