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Friday, June 02, 2006

Poetry Friday - Birthday Edition

How Old Are You?
by H.S. Fritsch

Age is a quality of mind.
If you have left your dreams behind,
If hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambitions' fires are dead --
Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold;
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly--
You are not old.

So, I may be 40 today, but I'm not old!

Other Poetry Friday contributions: Kelly at Big A little a offers us a crooked little nursery rhyme, The Scholar's Blog offers a sea-faring theme, we get a little Shel Silverstein from A Fuse #8 Production, Blog from the Windowsill reviews two poetry books, Bookshelves of Doom brings on the Jabberwocky, Melissa at Here in the Bonny Glen offers up some Seamus Heaney and Jen at Jen Robinson's Book Page treats us to a poem by Emily of New Moon.

Edited to add: Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to write, Chicken Spaghetti, Book Buds, and Farm School.

7 comments:

Melissa Wiley said...

Happy birthday!

Becky said...

Wonderful selection, and Happy Birthday!

40 is fab, but not as fab as 42 :)

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday, Christine! I'll be there (40) in 10 months as well :)

Christine M said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Jen Robinson said...

Hi Christine,

Happy Birthday! And thanks for contributing to my "cool girls from children's literature" list. I'll make sure that Mandy gets added to the list this weekend. Thanks for the poetry Friday link, too. I'm so tied up with the "cool girls" thing that I'm not sure if I'll get around to poetry links... But I'm having fun. Have a great weekend!

Liz B said...

Happy Birthday! See you on Sunday!

Susan Taylor Brown said...

Thank you for adding my Poetry Friday link to your list.