~  Birthdays ~

~ Birthdays ~

A Poem by Carola

~ BIRTHDAYS ~

Are they a reminiscence of times passed,
Are they nostalgia of your youthful years,
Are they a recollection of achievements gained,
Are they thoughts of regret of choices made.

Or perhaps & God-willing there's still a future that's yet to unfold.

Will your kinsfolk use this day to remember you,
Will they make and write a card specially for you, or,
Will they think of you in a card shop whilst making a choice,
Will they post these card greetings and wishes, or send an email.

Or perhaps a generic box card waiting in a cupboard will be used.

Cards can be classical, arty, funny or just a bit risqué, 
Cards are wonderful, and have that very personal touch,
Card greetings and wishes can be viewed everyday,
Cards require pre-planned thoughts and action just for you.

Or perhaps you'll receive a momentary phone call.

'Cos that requires less time, less thought and effort, 
Calls can also be wonderful to hear a family voice
Could you be very lucky and receive both ?
C'est la vie! It depends on your position on the family totem pole. 

Or perhaps you'll be overlooked, or your birthdays no longer matter anymore!

Carola Hume / Sept 2017 

© 2018 Carola


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Gee
It is fine, makes sense and reads well. Birthdays, never been one to celebrate getting older. My wife however, well, that's a different kettle of fish. She has been celebrating her 50th for the last 6 months and this will culminate in a girlie weekend for 8 to Barcelona this coming Friday.
Welcome to the cafe Carol with an "a"

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Carola

1 Year Ago

thanks for stopping by to read & comment.
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I will be 63 in a couple days & my b-day be overlooked becuz I just don't do b-days for myself or others. It's one of those things that's slipped off my radar, so I've slipped off the radar of others, understandably. I get the underlying message that maybe you think sending a card takes more forethought & planning, rather than an email or FB blip. But I've found that each person prefers a different medium, that's what they're comfortable using, & it doesn't mean anything is lacking in their b-day wishes. I like the way you use a ton of detailed imagery to show all the different symbols & what these mean for you, in celebrating a b-day! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Carola

1 Month Ago

i'm not really into celebrating birthdays anymore, as i wrote to Gee - it's one step closer to your .. read more
My sister cannot remember my birthday > Nor does she send one at Christmas
My family > wife and son send . well they dont send it - they just fill in the details and leave it on my chair

We make them for my son using (last one) a selection of our aircraft pictures (those he has flown in )

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Carola

1 Month Ago

thanks for stopping by to read & comment.
yes i like making cards on my computer & then somet.. read more
oh what a sad closing ... with a touch of cynicism to boot ;) i love your poem! cards are good .. no matter the vehicle used to send them .. i have never been very good at remembering birthdays and other than 16 (able to drive) and 18 (can legally drink) i have not paid much attention to me own ... at my age each day is more than a blessing to wake up to ... and i think we are re-born each day as well ... each of us ... nothing at all remains the same ... except maybe our penchant for mischievous shenanigans :))))))))))))))))))))) reading your poem gives me a sense i am talking with an old friend
E.

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

A wonderful poem. I don't do more birthday parties. I had sixty. What I do now. a field trip with the grandchildren to one of the great lakes. I enjoyed your words and your thoughts Carola.
Coyote

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

We can't forget those love ones who touched our hearts in a very intense way. I enjoyed this poem indeed, I'm the black sheep of my family.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Carola

1 Year Ago

thanks for stopping by to comment roxane, yes i'm on the bottom of the family totem pole too!
Read this three times because i can't decide if (1) it's you smiling, (2) it's you being a touch or two sardonic or (3) it's you seeing only half empty glasses of bubbly and that's it!

As far as i'm concerned, birthdays are an excuse to be spoiled even a teeny bit by folk who know your middle name is Reciprocation. As to being nearer the coffin... bearing in mind what so many have to suffer these days, waking up and hearing the birds sing is a blessing for the rest of us.

Enjoy your stay in the Cafe.. fun and interesting times are ahead, promise you.

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Carola

1 Year Ago

thanks for stopping by to read & comment. (2) is more apt.
never really been an enthusiasti.. read more
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Gee
It is fine, makes sense and reads well. Birthdays, never been one to celebrate getting older. My wife however, well, that's a different kettle of fish. She has been celebrating her 50th for the last 6 months and this will culminate in a girlie weekend for 8 to Barcelona this coming Friday.
Welcome to the cafe Carol with an "a"

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Carola

1 Year Ago

thanks for stopping by to read & comment.
i'm pleased you think it reads well.
yes i f.. read more

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