Poems, Poetry & Quotes


Birthdays are special occasions that should be celebrated in style! For some, they are a time to reflect on the past year, to celebrate one's accomplishments, and to set new goals for the year ahead.

Time to Celebrate

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You're never too old for adventures,
to learn something new and explore,
to try all those things that you've wanted to do
but never quite managed before.
So here is a wish for your birthday
may life be exciting for you.
And may all your dreams bring fulfillment your way,
as well as much happiness too!

Happy Birthday

Birthday Poetry

Birthday poetry can include words of encouragement, inspirational messages or simple rhyming verses that let the recipient know that they are loved and appreciated on their special day. It can be a thoughtful gift to include some words or poetry written inside a card - a simple way to make the recipient feel special.

Why not try your hand at writing a few lines of verse for a friend or relative - you can make it personal and special to them. It's a free gift but one that shows extra care and thought.

If you're not feeling the muses inspiration, you might like this birthday poem, that was written by Christina Rossetti.

A Birthday

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose heart is in a watered shoot:
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That Paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.
Raise me dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me

~ Christina Rossetti

Christina also wrote some great poetry for her daughter, it's a beautiful expression of her love - check it out on the daughters poem page.

The Perfect Birthday

Wishing you a birthday
that's a truly happy day,
The very kind
that you would choose
if you could have your way.
One that's filled
with happiness,
good friends to share it, too
A day that brings
warm memories
to last the whole year through.

A Birthday Poem for Kids

How many candles are on your cake?
How many wishes will you make?
Will you be six, seven, or eight?
Isn't it dreadfully hard to wait?
Waiting for birthdays is always the worst!
If it doesn't come soon I think I'll burst!
__ red candles are on my cake.
Today, I'll have __ wishes to make

Birthday Wishes To A Wonderful Mother

A kind and gentle mother
is love with busy hands,
two ears that always listen
and a heart that understands.
With your patient understanding,
with your kind and gentle ways,
with your warm and loving talent
for brightening others' days,
with the sunny sense of humour
that you so often show-
You're a very special mother
and that's why you're loved so!

Happy Birthday Wishes

May you have all the joy your heart can hold,
All the smiles a day can bring,
All the blessings a life can unfold,
May you get the World's best in everything.
Wishing You a Happy Birthday

A Prayer for a Mother's Birthday

Lord Jesus, Thou hast known
A mother's love and tender care:
And Thou wilt hear, while for my own
Mother most dear I make this birthday prayer.

Protect her life, I pray,
Who gave the gift of life to me;
And may she know, from day to day,
The deepening glow of Life that comes from Thee.

As once upon her breast
Fearless and well content I lay,
So let her heart, on Thee at rest,
Feel fears depart and troubles fade away.

Her every wish fulfill;
And even if Thou must refuse
In anything, let Thy wise will
A comfort bring such as kind mothers use.

Ah, hold her by the hand,
As once her hand held mine;
And though she may not understand
Life's winding way, lead her in peace divine.

I cannot pay my debt
For all the love that she has given;
But Thou, love's Lord, wilt not forget
Her due reward,--bless her in earth and heaven.

~ Henry Van Dyke

Birthday Poetry

Let Us Make Each Day Our Birthday

Let us make each day our birthday,
As with each new dawn we rise,
To the glory and the gladness
Of God's calm, o'erbending skies;
To the soul-uplifting anthems
Of Creation's swelling strains,
Chanted by the towering mountains,
Surging sea, and sweeping plains.

Let us make each day our birthday--
Every morning life is new,
With the splendors of the sunrise,
And the baptism of the dew;
With the glisten of the woodlands,
And the radiance of the flowers,
And the birds' exultant matins,
In the young day's wakening hours.

Let us make each day our birthday,
To a newer, holier life,
Rousing to some high endeavor,
Arming for a nobler strife,
Toiling upward, looking Godward,
Lest our poor lives be as discords,
In Heaven's symphony of love.

Happy Happy Birthday

Have a million smiles today
Let your heart be filled with love
Chase all your cares away
Have a little fun

Dance to your favorite music
Sing your favorite tune
Laugh with all your heart,
Share a silly joke or two

Have a Happy Happy Birthday
No matter what you do!

Birthday Poem

"Happy Birthday" means much
more than "have a happy day."
Within these words lie lots of
things I never get to say.
It means I love you first of all,
then thanks for all you do.
It means you mean a lot to me,
and that I'm proud of you.
But most of all, I guess it means
that I am thinking of you on this
very special day.
Happy birthday.

Here's to 60 More

Welcome to being 60!
You've reached a special point
Some will never make it to,
But you didn't disappoint.

You've conquered many an obstacle
You've achieved many a dream
You're greying at the temples
And your eyes still have a gleam

You're entering another phase,
It's one you'll love the most.
An amazing time of freedom!
So I'd like to make a toast...

To a man/woman that we all know
And who all of us adore,
Congratulations on your 60 years,
And here's to many more.

And here's a birthday poem that's ideal for someone who is getting on in years. It is a poem that's kind of funny and sad at the same time:-

When You are Old

When you are old and gray and full of sleep
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true;
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead,
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

~ Willam Butler Yeats

Have you got a favourite poem about birthday's? Please feel free to submit your favorite happy birthday poem. We're hoping to be able to add your own home written poetry to the site - contact us for further information.

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