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(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

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Birthday Girl

a decade ago
I discovered quite by chance
my child father’s
early scribbling to his ‘Nan’.

‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY NAN
WITH FONDEST LOVE
MALCOLM’

Today I received
a perfectly ordinary
birthday card
from you.

Its child-like letters
tiptoed
across the page.
Its message of devotion
was unequivocal.

‘ALLIE PIE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
SWEETHEART
MY FONDEST LOVE
ALWAYS
JERRY’

Perhaps one day
my children’s children
will find it tucked away among my things.

Submitted: Sunday, August 03, 2008
Edited: Sunday, April 05, 2009


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  • Jessica Jemima (1/15/2009 2:16:00 AM)

    Really sweet - I hope that the card is found one day.

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  • Carl Harris (9/24/2008 10:12:00 AM)

    This is a beautifully tender poem, Allie, recalling one of life's fond memories wonderfully well. What I liked about it was your common sense approach, vividly recalling finding a similar birthday card from your father to your mother and noting the probability that this card too, like the earlier one, would be found by your children or grandchildren. Your intense focus on one of the little facets of humanity is what makes this such a fascinating write. Carl.

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (9/14/2008 12:17:00 PM)

    A lovely observation, lovely poem on birthday. Enjoyed.

  • Amie-Lee ...... (8/17/2008 2:08:00 AM)

    Hi there Allie,

    great to see you geting back into it again. Great poem, keep it up

    Best wishes, Amie xoxoxoxox

  • James Foulk (8/14/2008 4:17:00 PM)

    Alison this was a very lovely piece you wrote, very tender and warm.

  • Andrew Blakemore (8/8/2008 8:41:00 AM)

    Such a sweet poem Alison, I really enjoy reading your work. Best wishes, Andrew x

  • Emancipation Planz (8/8/2008 5:11:00 AM)

    Plz... do you accept late Birthday Wishes.... aroha Deana xxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Magda Graf (8/6/2008 4:14:00 PM)

    Hi Birthday Girl,

    Best wishes from Germany to you and all the best!
    Love, Magda

  • Jerry Hughes (8/6/2008 1:02:00 AM)

    thank you beautiful girl and happy birthday. much love, jerry

  • Robert Howard (8/5/2008 10:18:00 PM)

    Happy birthday, Alison. May you receive many more such cards.

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