12.14.2010

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I know that on my birthday I should have some profound thoughts, but all I keep thinking about is W.S Merwin's poem "A Birthday," and how it speaks to me all throughout the year, but especially on my birthday its words just run through my mind.

Something continues and I don't know what to call it
though the language is full of suggestions
in the way of language
but they are all anonymous
and it's almost your birthday music next to my bones

these nights we hear the horses running in the rain
it stops and the moon comes out and we are still here
the leaks in the roof go on dripping after the rain has passed
smell of ginger flowers slips through the dark house
down near the sea the slow heart of the beacon flashes

the long way to you is still tied to me but it brought me to you
I keep wanting to give you what is already yours
it is the morning of the mornings together
breath of summer oh my found one
the sleep in the same current and each waking to you

when I open my eyes you are what I wanted to see.

I like 22. I think it will be my best year yet.

(last year's birthday)

23 comments:

Sist and Sist said...

happy birthday!!!

Emily said...

happy birthday!

Amanda Moury said...

Happy Happy birthday! I hope this year is the best yet! :)

andrea said...

Happy birthday! :) Enjoy 22 -- 23 comes wayyy too fast (and even faster, 24. yikes.)!

Diana Smith said...

happy birthday! That is so fun! I am turning 22 on Saturday, just keep getting older!

Ana* said...

Happy birthday pretty lady

Autumn Lynn said...

Happy birthday!

Brooke Knecht said...

Happy Birthday! Hey the only day I'm working this week is Saturday then I will be out of town for he rest of the break. Call if you want to do Saturday.

Kay said...

Happy Birthday.... and awww 22! What a great age! I remember 24 and thinking/wishing I could just stop right there, age no more stay in my 20's forever... alas, time moves very fast. Enjoy and savor every last second of it :)

Best wishes to you!

Shalyn said...

Happy birthday pretty girl. I must say, 22 has been one of my best years and I am confidant it will be for you as well:-) Hope you get spoiled rotten!

Alex said...

Happy birthday!! I hope it's wonderful. 22 is indeed a good year :)

Julie said...

beautiful poem. Salutations!

Emily Dawn said...

Happy Birthday Mandy! I hope it's great!

And by the way- this is weird, but I know your friend Ashley. She was my sisters best friend in Center For Change. She's so cute and sweet. I hope she is doing good!

stephanie said...

Happy birthday! I didn't realize we were the same age (well, you're a little older - my 22nd bday is in April). I hope your day is so so wonderful :)

off switch said...

happy happy birthday to you! :)

Jamie Marie Jenkins said...

happy birthday!!
xoxo, jamie

kylee said...

happpy happy birthday! hope you have the best day ever!

Ashley said...

best wishes on your 22nd year!

drewandlacey said...

happy bday sis. glad i got to talk to you for a bit.

7upkels said...

Happy Birthday Mandy!!! I hope your day was wonderful!!

Brittany said...

I've never read this poem--I love it. I hope your day was wonderful!

p.s. Who are some of your favorite poets? I always love the things you share.

kara lynn said...

happy birthday!! and yay for december birthdays!! i hope you had a wonderful day!!

sending love

elsie said...

oh i just love that! happy birthday! ♥