Thursday, February 28, 2008

A birthday moment

Back in January, we celebrated my birthday at my daughter's home. Just after the candles were lit, as the family was singing "Happy Birthday", there was a moment which I tried to capture in a sort of poem. Here it is:

The candles
were an afterthought -- and so
just three of them adorn my birthday cake.
Their small bright flames
reflect the brightness of the children's eyes.
I gaze into their faces as they sing:
The six-year-old, whose eyes
seem somehow sad and wise beyond her years;
The mischief-loving boy who is so sweet;
The pretty curly-headed four-year-old;
The baby, still too young to know the birthday song
but smiling as the others laugh and sing.
They are so precious to me, God! You know
how much I love these little ones of Yours.
So as I blow the candles out, my wish
is not a wish at all, but just a prayer
that You would touch these tender little lives
and light each one a heart aglow for You.


  1. Anonymous11:15 AM

    Beautiful...the prayer of every grandma's heart! Happy belated birthday, my friend,

  2. How beautiful! Do you have any photos of your Birthday? It would be wonderful to put that poem and a photo into your scrapbook!



  3. This was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes . . . I'm so glad you captured the moment in poetry. :) Love you!

  4. Thank you, ladies! I really don't fancy myself a poet at all... this just came to my mind and I tweaked it until it seemed to capture my heart.

    Linda, I'm not sure if there are photos or not, but that is a nice idea -- or frame and mat it using scrapbooking materials & techniques.

    Carrie, thanks for your sweet comment. I wrote the poem several weeks ago (and there were tears *pouring* down my face as I did so) but just got up the nerve to publish it yesterday.

    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

  5. Mrs.T. Your words so touch my heart. My, you are a fine writer! You must go ahead and call yourself a poet, then. The rhythm and flow of the poem is beautiful.

  6. Nancy,

    Thanks so much for your kind words. They were a blessing to my heart and an encouragement to my spirit today.

    God bless,


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