Thursday, July 10, 2008

Poem of the Week: Sixty One!!!!!!

(Please scroll down for Take One of Project Black.)

Well, another year has passed and I am now sixty-one. I wanted to write a poem about it - and I did, but I got unexpected company and they stayed quite a while. My wonderful new friend Shannon - I'm not sure of her exact age - between 10 and 12, though - signed me on at Oh my... It was a nice visit, but I didn't get to finish the poem I started this morning. I hated it anyway, so I wrote a new one. Kind of sucky, but it is a poem and it is my birthday, so you have to cut me some slack, right?

Not to toot my own horn - but look what my wonderful, mangificent, niece did for me over at her blog. Am I not the luckiest aunt in the world?


I wanted to write a poem about being sixty-one

But I didn’t know what to write

I don’t like the number sixty one

The birthday’s fine with me

But I much prefer sixty or even sixty-two

No idea why I feel this way

I didn’t like being 33 either.

Silly, I know

But here it is.

Another year passed

I don’t feel any older

Or worse, yet

Any wiser

But the clock has spoken

I’m a year more senior

Hopefully this will win me some respect at least

I’m hoping I can persuade my achy knees

To lighten up on me

“I’m old,” I tell them.

Be kind.

I know it doesn’t work that way

But it can’t hurt to ask

And meanwhile

I’m doing what I can to milk the event

And get me some attention

My inner child seems to like the older me

She’s stepping out a bit more

I’m happy for her

It’s about time she had some fun

So that’s my birthday poem

Sometimes the best things in life

Start out unwanted

I’m hoping sixty one will be that way

A great year… even if it is a creepy number

Hope you'll pull up a chair and have some cake, ice cream and coffee.
Wish I could make it magically real for you.


Jay said...

Happy Birthday Raven!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday! ;-)

Carletta said...


"Happy Birthday to you..." - I'm singing, hope you hear me!
Wonderful poem - I liked another year senior.

I started Anna's project with the bear on my front porch, but it could get hard. I tried to think before I signed up; but I just went for it.

Unknown said...

Congrats. That is great. Happy birthday. Thanks for stopping by my place. Good morning from Mississippi, USA. I hope you have a wonderful morning!

SMM said...

Happy Birthday Raven....wishing you loads of love and happiness in the coming year

Robin said...

Happy birthday! Have a great day and an even better year :).

Snowbird said...

Hey, Happy Birthday. 61 isn't all that bad. Just wait until you are 70 like me. Now there's a number!! LOL.

Anna said...

Happy Birthday and I love the black and white shots!

Dianne said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday Dearrrrrrrrrrrrr Raven
Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!

Mi and Si are yowling along

I like to think they know it's your birthday but it is probably a reaction to my singing

photowannabe said...

Add my wishes to everyone elses. Happy birthday and I'm ahead of you...coming up on the big 65. Then I will be officially old and can go places at a discount. See what you have to look forward to?

Diana said...

Happy birthday, Aunt Kathie!!! I posted a tribute to you on my blog. I hope it fills you with joy and love!

Stacey Olson said...

O boy, coffee and icecream, my favorite.. Happy Birthday to you dear girl.. and only 61 years young.. congrats and I hope you have a wonderful year ahead of you..

Ivanhoe said...

Happy Birthday, Raven! Thanks for the cake, too!

Janet said...

Happy Birthday to a fellow Cancerian!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RAVEN!! And I thought your poem was just dandy!

Beverly said...

Happy birthday to you! I've got you beat by almost 6 years! I'll be 67 in September. Where do the years go? I still feel like a kid inside too. Enjoy every day!

Ms Afropolitan said...

what a great poem! and lovely you wrote one to celebrate the occasion, I'm so sure you're inner child is smiling bright :)

Anonymous said...

Kathie, even though you have taught me so much...I am still older than 62.

I saw the pictures you had at the top and was disappointed that there wasn't one of my friend Kathie from l974 or so...who taught me about Kurt Vonnegut and so much more. I used to come for dinner on Stuyvesant Oval and you used to come to Brooklyn to have dinner with Angela and me. Any pictures of that girL? Remember we went to see That Championship Season together on Broadway? I don't know why I remember memory is so selective these days.

Anyway, I am glad you had a good birthday.


Shrijnana said...

Happy Birthday, Raven!

storyteller said...

Happy belated birthday! Fear not … I’m 63 and life just gets better all the time. Age is only a number and you seem to be aware of that. What a lovely cake ... the 'no points' variety ;--)
Hugs and blessings,