Happy Birthday

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Everyone has warned you
That the dreaded day will come
When you realise with horror
That your brain cells have gone numb

The flush of youth is over
The neck cream is a must
Exercise is critical
For the bum and for the bust

Your memory will fail you
Your energy will flag
Your children still exploit you
While your body starts to sag

But let me not discourage
There is hope out there as well
With strength and resignation
The future is not hell

You join a club of heroes…
Who arrived ahead of you
They tell you that the problems
Are a load of old baloo

Age is just a milestone
And a privilege to enjoy
Many never make it
So, keep happy and ….oh boy

It’s fun to have the knowledge
And experience as well
To know how to enjoy life
And have anecdotes to tell

You’ve reached the stage of life
Where eccentric is o.k.
If you want, you can be crazy
You can do it all your way

You grew up with the Beatles
The Sixties were your own
You’ve had the best of all worlds
And you really cannot moan

You strive to be holistic
In your attitude to life
You travel, read and study
And avoid excessive strife

You need to have some fun time
You’ve worked for years and years
Go relax now it’s your birthday
And wipe away the tears

Life is really fun you know
Your age is in your mind
So raise your glass, and drink a toast
Have a party…..just unwind!

                               Judy Binns Nemeth

Time

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TIME 

Where has time gone? Has he left forever,

Never more to return?

Or, will he come back to me

In a rush, like a flood,

One day when I no longer need him?

When my days are numbered,

And my friends all gone,

Will time be my companion,

Sitting beside me like an unwanted guest,

Overstaying his welcome?

Not then, but now, I need him.

 

Judy Binns Nemeth  (Published in, Over the Rainbow – an Anthology of African Verse,                                               1996)