Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

A Birthday Poem For Keppel - Poem by Alison Cassidy

'a cone all alone on top of a hill'
was a sad little character
from your very first story

at Bellbird lane you slept
in the hallway lined with books
absorbing words like a sponge

at two you were king of the highchair
in the middle of the kitchen
demanding names

at the Learning Co-op, Pat
let you use rude words
like bum and pooh and fart

at Steiner your words were clever,
and essays discerning and witty -
even when the black dog bit

since school, through the Melways
Directory of your life, your words
have nourished and sustained you
and amused and charmed those around you

you, my firstborn, whom I cherish beyond words
who reads my poems and encourages
me honestly and diplomatically
on this soft day on September 8,
I wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Comments about A Birthday Poem For Keppel by Alison Cassidy

  • (11/9/2017 12:54:00 PM)

    As usual, even after all these years, a triumph of words and mental pictures. You're the best ever! (Report)Reply

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  • (2/17/2007 11:18:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem Allie....the day our children come to earth through our feminine bodies is so special...it is a day that is our birthday too..the day the mother was borne within ourselves...your son sounds sensitive and creative...like his mother...Love Sandyxxx (Report)Reply

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  • (2/2/2007 12:31:00 PM)

    A loving and moving birthday tribute from mother to son. Not much an outsider can add except to say how damned well written it is. Word clearly run in the family. jim xx (Report)Reply

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  • (9/12/2006 1:00:00 PM)

    Keppel, Allie, Jerry and who else...you're very lucky to have each other, so I guess you must deserve it - happy everything to everybody all the time.. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/9/2006 7:28:00 AM)

    Alison, the warm and loving tone of a proud mother resounds in this birthday tribute. Many happy returns Keppel! Kind regards, Justine (Report)Reply

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  • (9/8/2006 9:12:00 AM)

    This poem warms my mother heart; too, it reminds me of a childhood love of words. Keppel is clearly a gifted soul in the way of words, but also with the beauty of a mother who celebrates him! Happy Birthday, Keppel! ! ! ! ! Love, Esther : ] (Report)Reply

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  • (9/1/2006 6:56:00 PM)

    A delightful tribute to a delightful lad. Lovely, Alphonse... (Report)Reply

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  • (9/1/2006 11:36:00 AM)

    Your painstaking intervention for Keppel is very exceptional! This gift is a treasure indeed. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/1/2006 12:12:00 AM)

    Very nice, Alison. The poem, although written for Keppel, has universal appeal. I am sure your son is just as proud of you as you are of him! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 1, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 31, 2010


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