Light the Candles!

What’s one year more?
I am NOT a dinosaur!

I’m thrilled to turn seventy-four,
let me give that an underscore.
Some decry growing old,
equate grey hair and wrinkles
with creeping mold,
and simply cannot be consoled.

Not as nimble with a few pains?
Hands mapped in purple veins?
Come on people, grab the reins!
What more could you ask for
than to celebrate one year more
with your family and people you adore?

So I’ll put on my tap shoes for a loud dance,
blow out the candles at the very first chance.
Then I’ll give my husband a meaningful glance
and celebrate seventy four with a night of romance!

Written for OLN – Open Link Night – at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. OLN means we can choose any one poem to post today – no specific prompt, form, rhyme scheme, or length. And since today is indeed my birthday, I wrote this little ditty. I do believe it is a privilege to grow old. I continue to be thankful for every day.

25 thoughts on “Light the Candles!

  1. Ron. May 13, 2021 / 2:20 pm

    Whoop-Whoop, Lillian! Live it UP!
    (BTW: You write pretty good for an old lady! I should be so lucky.)

    Cheers! See you at the OLN? I hope so!.


  2. Beverly Crawford May 13, 2021 / 4:46 pm

    Happy Birthday, Lillian. From my vantage point of 87, you’re a mere child!!


  3. Glenn A. Buttkus May 13, 2021 / 4:47 pm

    In June, I will be 77. We both do well using poetry as a bastion and home port. Your voice and words always rallies me. I love your input.


  4. sanaarizvi May 13, 2021 / 5:03 pm

    I soo loved hearing you read this poem tonight, my dearest Lillian 😀 wishing you a very happy birthday! 💝💝


  5. Karen May 13, 2021 / 5:46 pm

    Sweet! Good talking with you. Happy birthday.


  6. Susan Joy Clark May 13, 2021 / 6:27 pm

    Happy Birthday, Lillian. I enjoyed your poem reading tonight. This is very fun, humorous and positive. I hope I will feel the same way when I turn 74. Next year is a milestone birthday for me … 50.

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  7. Helen Dehner May 13, 2021 / 6:34 pm

    It gives me pleasure watching the ‘animated’ Lillian read her poetry!!!


  8. Linda Lee Lyberg May 13, 2021 / 6:47 pm

    Happiest of birthdays Lillian. Loved your poem and loved your reading of it!


  9. memadtwo May 13, 2021 / 7:26 pm

    Happy birthday! Yes every year is one to celebrate. (K)


  10. kaykuala h May 13, 2021 / 8:25 pm

    Then I’ll give my husband a meaningful glance
    and celebrate seventy four with a night of romance!

    How lovely that the feelings of love should sustain forever. Not many have that privilege. You are right Lillian, what is another year!



  11. rothpoetry May 13, 2021 / 8:41 pm

    I loved your poem on the live group today. 74 is a very good year! Hope you have a wonderful Birthday!


  12. M May 14, 2021 / 2:26 am

    happy birthday, Lillian!


  13. calmkate May 14, 2021 / 6:42 am

    Happy Birthday Lillian, what a delightful joyous celebration of life this poem is! May you have at least 30 more!

    Your last stanza resonates


  14. kim881 May 14, 2021 / 8:34 am

    A delightful happy birthday ditty, Lill, and I got the feeling you had a wonderful day. Happy birthday again! We drove into Norwich for my husband’s birthday breakfast, which we ate al fresco in the cold and we really enjoyed it. You are so right about there being nothing more to ask for than ‘to celebrate one year more with your family and people you adore’. We will eb having a video chat (and maybe the happy birthday song) a little later on today, as Lucas is sound asleep after a morning at forest school!


  15. lovemorestudio May 14, 2021 / 8:49 am

    Celebration of life, the key to happiness. Peace & joy ~Jason


  16. Kenji Kojima May 14, 2021 / 11:43 am

    Happy happy birthday to you, Lillian and many many happy returns! You and I are the same age now for two months!


  17. Ken / rivrvlogr May 14, 2021 / 1:37 pm

    This is great. You had me laughing as you read it in the live chat.


  18. Tricia Sankey May 14, 2021 / 5:23 pm

    Enjoyed hearing you read this live! Such a zest for life in this poem, may you have MANY more happy birthdays and enjoy each one! 💝


  19. Ali Grimshaw May 14, 2021 / 9:51 pm

    Happy Birthday. I love that you are celebrating yourself. Enjoy it to the fullest.


  20. Joyce May 15, 2021 / 2:42 am

    You go, girl.


  21. merrildsmith May 17, 2021 / 1:59 pm

    I’m sorry I’m responding so late. I had paying work to finish, and a few busy days, but I do hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lillian. It was wonderful to hear you read this, and it definitely brightened my day! 😀


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