the birthday game

six years ago
you were cut from me
stubborn and backwards

your feet the first thing out
and kicking
with the shock of it

you are still sometimes
upside down
and unpredictable

coloring outside lines
and drawing new ones

mixing color
with words

my not-so-little son

who blows out a wish for peace
with your candles

and I am not sure
if you ask for piece
or peace

either way
I will cut you
a big slice of both

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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29 Responses to the birthday game

  1. Kyle says:

    that’s beautiful and the perfect mother to son birthday poem

    happy birthday young man!!!!!!

  2. Happy Birthday to your son. I like the way you brought this poem together (piece/peace).

    I am impressed with your output this weekend. Did the muse get good to you?

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    Susan’s muse is always good..no matter the output

  4. Rhonda says:

    He’s quiet the man in the making. I’m happy he appears to have the best parts of you, not just the dna, but the heart. happy birthday aryn, and happy birth – day Mom

  5. robbiehad says:

    This gave me a laugh! I love it!

  6. nelle says:

    Happy b-day to your son, and such a perfect tribute that will become more precious with time.

  7. Ian Moone says:

    I remember when birthdays were special, one year the cake came out of hiding and it was a chocolate castle. It was awesome. great post

  8. Green Speck says:

    Many Many Happy Returns of the Day to your son :-)

  9. Mama Zen says:

    Beautiful work!

  10. BroadBlogs says:

    What a wonderful birthday gift!

  11. Aw, lovely and sweet words. A belated happy birthday to the young man!

  12. Aryn will savour this when he is much older! great song!

  13. you made me cry and eat my cake too~ Xo

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