April PAD Challenge: Day 9

For Sunday Whirl: Wordle #294

slack, can, undo, cheer, single, vent,
handle, strap, shell, line, trim, grin

For Sunday’s Whirligig: Wordle #107

noon, stone, scene, waited, desert, flute,
farther, hard, panting, without, elbows, could

Poets United: Poetry Pantry #348

Birthday Poem

Who am I to receive this gift
of years, while others have not?
Stone moments stacked up like wood
in a pile, loose chips scattered
on surrounding ground.

These call to me like far-off flute music
whispering through a dreamscape scene, begging me
to sit with bent elbows, to quietly contemplate
poems written, images created and colored.
Other times, concerning things that can’t
be undone, some that make me grin, want
to cheer having been so blessed, and all
that lies between.

Before noon, they’ll come to get me,
bring me to their celebration, and I will
comply, will join them. Inwardly knowing
that shortly, I will return to tend small wood fire
that has kept me warm, kept me breathing
for seventy-one years.

Elizabeth Crawford 4/9/2017

Notes: Lucille Clifton wrote a birthday poem each year. I have always admired her tenacity. I’ve done only a few (three or four). Although I gathered the word lists, I only blew a kiss at them, using less than half. Somehow, 71 makes me feel both victorious and fragile, all at the same time.

Image is a photograph of a bonfire in my sister’s backyard.






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23 Responses to April PAD Challenge: Day 9

  1. thotpurge says:

    Birthday greetings.. love the idea of moments like wood chips… a fire to keep ourselves warm as we remember them….


  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Lots of wonderful imagery here! Yes, keep tending that inner fire … and one day you may get to be as old as me! 😀


  3. oldegg says:

    71seems so young Elizabeth so make the most of it. Keep on keeping on thereas there is still so much poetry to wrire!


  4. Nice use of the words. You always make it look easy!


  5. Who are you? You are the giver of words and images and hope (that I, too, will be as “victorious and fragile” when I’m 71). That small fire, your poetry speaks of, spreads through your brilliant words and warms us all.


  6. Mary says:

    I really like the idea that each new year is a birthday gift. As our years add up, we really need to think of it that way. And we need to keep tending those fires which have warmed them over the span of life….one year, one log at a time.


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  8. Susan Chast says:

    Bless you at 71, bless you for many more years of ” Inwardly knowing
    that shortly, I will return to tend small wood fire” as this poem describes. It’s a beauty and I feel its truth..


  9. annell4 says:

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth!! Cake and chocolate bunnies and some Peeps, too. Funny today I didn’t use many of the words, thought my poem was stronger that way. Perhaps, right now, I just have less to say?


  10. “Who am I to receive this gift of years when others have not” … what an opening line! We all should start each day in gratitude and this should be our mantra. Thank you.


  11. Sherry Marr says:

    Have a wonderful celebration, Elizabeth. I love your poem, especially knowing you will return to your small fire that has kept you warm all these years. I so resonate with that. It is good to go out, and even better to return home.


  12. Sherri B. says:

    Victorious and fragile…what a wonderful combination, I think. Your poem is beautiful – Happy 71st Birthday to you!


  13. Happy Birthday! I love this….awesome!


  14. ZQ says:

    🙂 keep breathing…and writing ❤


  15. sanaarizvi says:

    Happy Birthday Elizabeth ❤️ beautiful poem both in words and image 🙂


  16. Myrna says:

    I’ve never written a birthday poem. Maybe soon on my 71st. Yours is wonderful. May all your years be happy. And just for the record, I don’t see you as fragile.


  17. Truedessa says:

    Happy Birthday and may the internal flame keep burning!


  18. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    May you tend many, many more of those small wood fires!


  19. Shawna says:

    What a powerful ending, Elizabeth.


  20. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! You are victorious in amassing wood.


  21. Happy Birthday, Elizabeth! Love this!

    Here is my poem:
    complexity of sanity


  22. Happy Birthday! Mine is next month and I’m utterly depressed. Lol!


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