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February 21 - Whose Birthday Today? - Poem by Michael Shepherd

If you saw the film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'
you'd have been moved maybe to tears
by his 'Funeral Blues';

If you were a college poetry student
the day after 9/11
you might have had your poet in residence
read his 'September 1,1939'
and had your breath taken away
by its accidental appropriateness
and the last line, which he wanted to amend,
'We must love each other, or die'

Two poems he himself didn't think quite good enough..
this is posthumous fame beyond the control
of poets;
this is what poetry can leave to the world;
this is what poetry is.

Wystan Hugh Auden would have been 100 today.

Rest In Poetry.


Comments about February 21 - Whose Birthday Today? by Michael Shepherd

  • Rookie Duncan Wyllie (2/21/2007 4:45:00 AM)

    A mark of respect and acknowledgement for those that share their fine gifts with the rest of us, This write has alot of feeling contained
    Thankyou Michael
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  • Rookie Not a member No 4 (2/21/2007 4:43:00 AM)

    Having only recently been introduced to Auden and specifically Sept 1 1939 as my starting point, and been very moved by it and the rest of his work, I appreciate the importance of this very fine and important tribute and reminder. jim (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Tara very irritated with PH injustice (2/21/2007 4:21:00 AM)

    'would have been'? Dammit, that is why the postman returned my cake. In seriousness.... top class as ever M. This moved me. t x (Report) Reply

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Poems About Birthday

  1. 1. A Birthday Poem , Ted Kooser
  2. 2. A Birthday , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  3. 3. Poem On His Birthday , Dylan Thomas
  4. 4. Ninetieth Birthday , Ronald Stuart Thomas
  5. 5. A Prayer For A Mother's Birthday , Henry Van Dyke
  6. 6. Poem For My 43rd Birthday , Charles Bukowski
  7. 7. Birthday, Birthday, Happy Birthday , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  8. 8. Happy Birthday , Sylvia Chidi
  9. 9. A Birthday , Aleister Crowley
  10. 10. For K.R. On Her Sixtieth Birthday , Richard Wilbur
  11. 11. The Birthday Card , Ernestine Northover
  12. 12. A Birthday Candle , Donald Justice
  13. 13. Ninon De Lenclos, On Her Last Birthday , Dorothy Parker
  14. 14. - (Birthday Poem #5) To A Libra , Ronberge (anno primo)
  15. 15. Stella's Birthday March 13, 1727 , Jonathan Swift
  16. 16. - (Birthday Poem #1) For Someone .. , Ronberge (anno primo)
  17. 17. - (Birthday Poem #4) For A Virgo , Ronberge (anno primo)
  18. 18. For A Thirteenth Birthday , Lisel Mueller
  19. 19. A Birthday Song. To S. G. , Sidney Lanier
  20. 20. Birthday , Robert William Service
  21. 21. To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died De.. , Jane Austen
  22. 22. ! A Birthday Celebration , Michael Shepherd
  23. 23. - (Birthday Poem #3) For A Leo , Ronberge (anno primo)
  24. 24. On His Eightieth Birthday , Walter Savage Landor
  25. 25. Birthday , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  26. 26. A Ninth Birthday , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  27. 27. (dodgy Dave Tale) Happy Birthday , JoJo Bean
  28. 28. A Strictly Not A Poem Birthday Greeting .. , Alison Cassidy
  29. 29. A Happy Birthday Sonnet For Jerry , Alison Cassidy
  30. 30. On My Birthday, July 21 , Matthew Prior
  31. 31. The Celebration Of Jesus' Birthday , Helen Click Roberts
  32. 32. Birthday - Birthday Appreciation , Shashidhar Kumar
  33. 33. The Birthday Wall (Children) , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. A Birthday Poem , john tiong chunghoo
  35. 35. Nursery Rhyme For A Twenty-First Birthday , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  36. 36. A Birthday Poem For Keppel , Alison Cassidy
  37. 37. A Limerick To Esther Leclerc On Her Birt.. , Chuck Audette
  38. 38. An Ode To Anna Russell, On Her Birthday , Chuck Audette
  39. 39. February 21 - Whose Birthday Today? , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. A Birthday Gift , Robert Fuller Murray
  41. 41. Song Composed For Washington's Birthday , Henry Timrod
  42. 42. Happy Birthday Dad , Jim Milks
  43. 43. A Birthday Night Out , Alison Cassidy
  44. 44. Happy 10th Birthday Samia , Seema Chowdhury
  45. 45. Happy 37th Birthday Sunny , Seema Chowdhury
  46. 46. I Know She'Ll Be Alright (For Chelsey's .. , Mary Nagy
  47. 47. Birthday Wishes To A Physician , Lizelia Augusta Jenkins Moorer
  48. 48. My Daughter On Her Thirtieth Birthday , Alison Cassidy
  49. 49. Happy Birthday, My Dear Wife! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  50. 50. Happy Birthday Dad , Arfa Karim
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