39… #poetry #poem

39 steps on the stairway to heaven
Pier 39 where the sea lions bask in the sun
39 circuits round the same sun of this earth
39 years since my birth

39 lines on my face tell a story
at 39 years I’m less youthful, but more-me
39 years and no body can stop me
as long as I’ve paper and ink or a battery

39 years, true love and two beautiful children
39 years, four languages, three different lands 
39 years and I’ve read lots of books and learned some things
But more from the lives that I’ve lived than the books that I’ve read

there I’ve found, reflected
aspects of this theatre of life I’ve come to know.
39 years, more than 18 months sober
that is plenty of time to mull certain things over:

39 years filled with losses and gains
but I’m grateful
that, in spite of all these pains,
these 39 years have been overfilled 

© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved

It’s my party, and I’ll rhyme if I want to…

Lockdown birthday
Getting ready for the lockdown party!

Yes, today is my birthday. In my experience, there are two types of people: those who make a big song and dance about their birthday, and those who prefer to keep it quiet. I fall into the former category. Why not celebrate the day you were born, and the wonderful journey of life you are on, no matter many years ago that was?

This poem was inspired by the poetry of Ivor Steven, whose work you may well be familiar with already. I recently had the privilege of reading the manuscript of his forthcoming poetry collection: Tullawalla. This collection is subtitled ‘A Meeting Place/Where My Empty Hands Are Full Of Memories And Rhymes.’ It’s an absolutely beautiful sentiment, and one which figures strongly throughout his poetry. Ivor has experienced loss and dark times, but his words are always suffused with love and gratitude. I think there is a lesson in that for all of us, and it’s one I am trying to learn for myself, as I continue to do circuits round the sun on my journey back to wherever it is I came from.

Of course, it’s always a risk writing a birthday poem. Because I may feel obliged to write one next year. And perhaps next year I’ll be feeling more like this:

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  1. Congratulations 🎊🎊 and Happy Birthday! In my lifetime, 39 is pretty recent but when I think of the ages of my kids at that time it seems aeons ago. The years get shorter and yet more and more happens in each. All I can say is that being in my forties is way better than I expected. So go onwards without fear. 😊🥳🤩

  2. Happy birthday. Nicely stated. It appears you are in a happy place, so congratulations also. As someone who can no longer even see 39 in the rear view mirror, I believe your line “at 39 years I’m less youthful, but more-me” will continue to be truer and truer as the number increases.

    1. Thank you Ella 🥳 I wish I was on the pier with those sealions but I’ll have to make do with feeling like one after I eat my cake 🎂

  3. Happy Birthday! An auspicious one at that, the New Moon (Sun and Moon in Aquarius), along with a Venus Jupiter conjunction in Aquarius too! This is an indicator a new beginning and of good fortune socially and personally. Good luck!

  4. Happy birthday, Ingrid! I so enjoyed your poem. I don’t make a song and dance about my birthday but I love celebrations by others. Here’s wishing you many more. 🥳🥳

  5. lol a very Happy Birthday to you dear Ingrid!

    … and I was your 39th like so I get the door prize 🙂 Congrats on 18 months sober and your amazing logophiling, you have talent! I am of the later kind, don’t tell people or celebrate openly … have a good one!

    1. Oh thank you Kate! 🏆 Entirely up to you whether you prefer to celebrate or keep quiet. With the lockdown all the kind birthday messages have warmed my heart ❤️

  6. Happy Birthday!! 🎉 I’m still 39 and holding, haha! But seriously, the 40’s are better than 30’s. I love the idea of writing our own birthday poems. Enjoy your day! 🎂

      1. Ok good idea 😅 I have big plans with my girlfriends next year so let’s hope the pandemic is well and truly over by then!

  7. Love this beautiful piece of reflective writing; 39 is lyrical and spellbinding on the tongue!
    Happy birthday; I hope you have a special and memorable day and have the chance to celebrate YOU.

  8. Happy Birthday, Ingrid! Yes, make a big fuss–especially this year, if you can. It sounds like you’ve done lots of wonderful things in your thirty-nine years. Yes, next year definitely go all out! 😀

  9. This is such a beautiful, beautiful poem. Happy Birthday, Ingrid. <3 <3 And congrats on the 18 months! You should definitely celebrate how you want to, fire extinguishers and such. 😁 It's your birthday, after all!

    Hope you had an awesome day and celebration. Sending much love. <3

  10. What a wonderful poem Ingrid. I loved it. A rather belated Happy Birthday to you. I hope you had a wonderful day. ❤️

  11. Happy Birthday Ingrid, and I enjoyed your poem/story of your wondrous life… I hope I’m too late for Birthday party, I’m bringing a ‘Banana and Coconut Cake’…

  12. Happy one day late Birthday Ingrid. Not sure how I missed this and thank goodness I kept strolling. Awww you look so pretty getting ready for your birthday and I love your poem on 39. You have lived a lot of life, survived a lot of storms and created a life to be proud of with your 2 precious boys, your supportive loving husband and your wonderful writing and poems. The year leading to 40 is big or was with all of the wonderment for me but the day it comes is no big deal. Just a milestone to be celebrated. It is just an opportunity to see how far you’ve come, be more of who you are and who you are is resilient, beautiful, loving, creative, an amazing writer and poet…. and and and.. fill in the blanks and keep shinning. I say take a whole month! You are a gem and so talented. Funny video… you won’t need that but I sure might on mine. love and hugs fellow pieces! 💖❤️❌⭕️🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷
    Love and Hugs,❤️🤗 Cindy

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