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Free 40th Birthday Poems

Updated on September 7, 2012

Free 40th Birthday Poems

Looking for some 40th ideas, here you will find free 40th birthday poems to give any loved one, friend or colleague a great 40th birthday surprise.

For a great 40th idea why not consider adding a 40th poem to your card or even your gift tag and brighten up the birthday boy's face (or girl)

Some consider a 40th birthday a milestone, some may refer to it as being over the hill, however you look at it, saddened or just happy to get there, here we offer poems and some great 40th ideas to hopefully help out !

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Free 40th Birthday Card Poems - Part 1

Funny 40th birthday poems

Here are two poems, it might be fun if you mix and match the verse's between them to make your own!

The Ripe Young Age Of Forty

Aren't you tired of all the jokes

Of the people yelling "lordy, lordy"

All because you're turning

the ripe young age of forty?

Oh how you thought you knew it all

Well, you sure as heck knew plenty

And you put it all to use real good

At the ripe old age of twenty

And when it came to romance

You were awfully awfully flirty

No one could hold a candle to you

When you were all of thirty

But now they say you're older

And breaking down doesn't feel so nifty

But how much worse will it be

In ten years when you turn fifty?

Yes, you still have aches and pains

Always asking the doctor to "please fix me"

Could you please stop your whinin' though?

You sound like you've just turned sixty!

Well, take a deep breath and relax my friend

And tonight when you drift off into slumber

Forget about having just turned forty

Afterall, it's just a number

How old are you

As we age and get older

Some things become harder to do

But no one knows this near as much

As poor decrepit you

"How old are you" comes the question

And you simply let out a drawn out sigh

It's not from depression or a bad mood

It's just so hard to count that high

If your age was a paycheck

You would be a rich man

If your age was a bank account

You could buy a large tract of land

If your age was the temperature

You'd be suffering from heat stroke

If your age was a comedian

It would tell an extremely old joke

If your age was your waist size

No pants would ever fit

If your age was a zookeeper

It would be so slow it would get bit

But forty isn't really all that old

You have way more future than you have past

Your body may be slowing down, that's true

But, relax, your mind was really never fast

Keep scrolling down

There are more poems beneath

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40th Birthday Quotes

40th quotes

Life begins at 40 - but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times.

Helen Rowland

At the age of 20, we don't care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn't thinking of us at all.

Unknown Author

The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Life begins at forty.

W. B. Pitkin

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.

Victor Hugo

The I just woke up face of your 30's is the all day long face of your 40's.

Libby Reid

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.


Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

Jack Benny

To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.

Bernard M. Baruch

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

Robert Frost

Women deserve to have more than twelve years between the ages of twenty eight and forty

James Thurber

Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.

Bob Hope

Middle age is when you still believe you'll feel better in the morning.

Bob Hope

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Charles Schulz

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier.

Dan Bennett

They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.

Unknown Author

Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative.

Maurice Chevalier

Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.

Daniel Auber

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Free 40th Birthday Poems - Part 2

More Free 40th Birthday Poems

So big deal you're getting older

An invading army wears lots of camouflage

They don't need to look trendy or even sporty

But then there is you on the other hand

Doing your best to not look forty

Your new hairstyle is top notch

The color couldn't be bolder

But it can't hide the fact

That yes, you are getting older

Your new face lift is undetectable

Or so you'd like to think

People keep wondering if your skull is getting larger

Or if your skin is prone to shrink

Your wardrobe surely needs some attention

It's as if you dress like your house has no mirrors

And just like the famous Haley's Comet

Some of your clothing has not been seen in years

So big deal you're getting older

It isn't any reason for you to sulk

And who cares that you have to purchase

Your wrinkle remover in bulk

So, embrace your age proudly now

And face the world with a new hunger

And if all else fails and you're feeling down

Just try dating someone who is much younger

Your fortieth birthday

So your depressed and oh-so saddened

And maybe feeling a little sickly

All because your fortieth birthday

Is approaching rather quickly

You're all stressed out and mortified

You think life will never be the same

Up till now your life's been fascinating

And you're worried that after 40 it'll be lame

You need to relax and get on with your life

In the end, your worries are not all that real

Its just a birthday like all the others

So what if you can remember the inventing of the wheel

So embrace your friends and thank the well-wishers

That sing "Happy Birthday" to you like they were a choir

And when they light the candles on your cake

Pray and hope they don't start your home on fire

It doesn't matter what your personality is

Whether your casual, serious, deep thinking, or sporty

You might as well enjoy the party

Because what's the alternative to turning forty?

So cheer up my friend, it could be so much worse

And in the end, everything will be just fine

Because remember the only true way to avoid turning forty

Is to die at thirty-nine

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Poems Submitted By Others

Even more poems for 40th birthday

Over The Hill At Forty

So it's your fortieth birthday;

Four decades have gone and passed.

They say when you get older,

Time goes twice as fast.

I wouldn't know, of course,

Since I am still quite young,

But for you, the music is over;

Your last song has been sung.

You're just over the hill at forty;

You went down without a fight.

Time rushes on, and soon

That "hill" will be out of sight!

Happy Birthday Anyway!

By Joanna Fuchs


Well congratulations (name)

On getting to the big four-0,

It looks like its been a hard life,

And boy does it show.

OK, so now your 40,

Theres no need for despair,

Its just a fact of your life,

Your gonna' start to loose your hair.

The wrinkles, they will start to show,

You may ache from head to toe,

Don't take it as a 40th blow,

It started long ago.

So congratulations again my friend,

I'm about coming to the end,

Unfortunately it's a well known fact,

Your gonna' beat me to the bend.

Submitted by Chrissy via the guestbook. We have titled this one, simply congratulations. Many thanks Chrissy, please let us know if we could assist back in any way

Why Not Share Your Thoughts - Please feel free to send some 40th birthday wishes

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    • Cari Kay 11 profile image

      Kay 5 years ago

      Love these. I've already hit the big 4 0 but will have siblings turning that age over the next decade. I'll make use of these!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very useful, most of my friends are just around 40... Thanks! Or may I say: Cheers!

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      i could have used these a few years ago when i turned 40 what do you have for 50 year olds, fun lens .......

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      Happy birthday for the 8th! I'm lensrolling this lens to my Homemade Birthday Cards lens.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      Happy 40th! Been there a couple years ago - not so bad once you settle into it LOL!!

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      Happy 40th Birthday! That sounds so young now :-) I like your poems and your selection of 40th birthday gifts and party ideas.

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      jackieb99 6 years ago

      Perfect, it's just what I was looking for! Thank you.

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      scar4 6 years ago

      Reaching 40 is too long for me to imagine, but I love reading the poems you selected.

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      bvardeman 6 years ago

      Cool lens. I'm still a little ways away from 40!

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      Jacqueline Marshall 7 years ago from Chicago area

      Enjoyed your lens! "The I just woke up face of your 30's is the all day long face of your 40's" was my favorite quote.

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      monarch13 7 years ago

      Thumbs up and rolled to "my life lessons"

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      vitar 7 years ago

      Nice lens, good job!

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      Enjoyed the poems!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Might just take you up on that poem. Enjoyed all the 40 quotes and poems.

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Fun lens!

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Still a young whippersnapper I see. Long past this, just dropping by to say. Blessed by an Angel.

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Love the poems. Somebody at the ripe age of 40 will surely appreciate these.

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      Airinka 7 years ago

      Amazing... 5 stars! Nice poems...

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      Football-Poems 7 years ago

      great poems and nice lens

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      I love the poems and quotes. The sentiments are, sadly, so true.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Some nice poems here.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great Poems! I'll have to bookmark this and refer back to it for me hubby's 40th coming up next year!

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I enjoyed this lens...just turned 40 this March - liked those poems!

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      Marelisa 8 years ago

      Very enjoyable lens! I'll have to remember it when I turn 40 (not yet, but not so far off either). :-)

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      Linda Hoxie 8 years ago from Idaho

      A little late for me too, but great sayings for 40...which really was not a fun year! Lol

      Found this on the random lens viewer!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Great lens and a clever idea with some really neat 40th poems.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      lol! Awesome lens! I am gratefull that you took the time to create it!

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      AuthorsandExperts 8 years ago

      Very nice. Hope everyone like this lens

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Okay, this is a great lens, but way too late for me. I just turned 47 this April. What do you have for us 47 year olds. :) Blessings.

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Great idea for a lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens. 5 stars!

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love your lens.I remember my 40th birthday in my mind it was quite a big deal but now when I think back, what the!

      Love the poems!

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      sarita 8 years ago from Hisar

      Very nice. Hope you will have look at my poems too.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Delightful lens and I got a few good laughs out of the poems. I'm not quite 40 yet, but I feel it rapidly approaching. I hope I am able to face it with as much humor as I found in your lens. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      On my 40th birthday, my friends hired a guy to put a "tacky" and I mean TACKY sign in my yard along with 40 plastic pink flamingos to draw more attention. I live in the Midwest so flamingos would catch a person's eye - especially 40 of 'em!

      Great lens. I lensrolled to my Birthday Ideas for the 40 Year Old.

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      Snozzle 8 years ago

      I've sailed through 40 and, of course, nothing feels any different! As with anything in life it's simply how we look at things. There's no reality, just how we perceive things.

      Just enjoy life.


      P.S. Great lens!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      Angel Blessings to you - you have made me feel much better today! I have a cruise planned for later in the month - didn't book it for today as of course it is 3 times more expensive over New Year.

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      rydigga 8 years ago

      Very nice lens.....A unique idea.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I still have nightmares, it's a long time ago. LOL

      Thanks for the ideas

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      I really did have an awakening on my fortieth birthday...about the fact that it wouldn't stop there...Nice lens!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      this is a cool lens....mine came and went without my family making a big deal about it, but really I wish they had.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I great on the poems. Isn't it sad that 40 is that much closer to death.

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      Spook LM 9 years ago

      Well I sure hope you have a great 40th. I did many years ago and one of my friends mothers gave me a wonderful present. A bunch of marbles with a note inside saying, " in case you have lost yours."

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      Kiwisoutback 9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Nice work! I'll use this when I turn 40 in then this page should be a mile long!

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      Tony Payne 9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens, great idea. 5***** Wish I was 40 again.

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      Stephen Carr 9 years ago from Corona, CA

      I'm past forty, but these would have been great!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Great poems, just knocked this together, see what you think!

      Well congratulations (name)

      On getting to the big four-0,

      It looks like its been a hard life,

      And boy does it show.

      OK, so now your 40,

      Theres no need for despair,

      Its just a fact of your life,

      Your gonna' start to loose your hair.

      The wrinkles, they will start to show,

      You may ache from head to toe,

      Don't take it as a 40th blow,

      It started long ago.

      So congratulations again my friend,

      I'm about coming to the end,

      Unfortunately it's a well known fact,

      Your gonna' beat me to the bend.

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      Jenysie 9 years ago

      Great Lens I'm only 22, however very amusing!! Thanks for sharing!!


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      The Eclectic Muse 9 years ago

      Great idea for a lens! I rolled this to my Inspired Day by Day lens. Nice poems and a nice lens!

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      MUJERDEEXITO 9 years ago

      Thank you so very much, for sharing your ideas and creativity. After 40, the best part of our lifes begin, because now we have experiences to support us. It's very nice to meet you...

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      Karicor 9 years ago

      Yes, the 40th Birthday is no reason to fret! Wonderful idea, I featured it on my "Happy Birthday To You" lens.

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      ge1 9 years ago

      nice you're really preparing to reach 40?..well, we should be...they say life starts at 40..i can't image how serious it will be.

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      tonyab lm 9 years ago

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Ah, I wish I'd read these on my own 40th birthday! Hey, thanks for coming to visit my KidsRKool lens - glad to see your cheery face there! :)

      Very nice lens - if I could give it more than 5 stars I would.

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      40th's been a while...I don't years ago! Great lens concept! 5*s

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      Cheryl Kohan 9 years ago from Minnesota

      What a cool idea...Five stars and congrats on the lensrank.

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      Michey LM 9 years ago

      This is really, really nice and inspired lens. BRAVO! You deserve your rank!


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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I remember 40. Sort of. :) Terrific lens, worthy of a SquidAngel blessing!

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Love the poems and the video. I can hardly wait to read more of your lenses. 5 Stars and Favored!

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      A RovingReporter 9 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. 5*

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      Delia 9 years ago

      wish I had seen this a few months ago sure could have used it...I also participated in a 40th BD celebration, by sending a special "one of a kind" hand made or original poem written BD card, this was asked of 40 special friends and family and all will be opened on the BD...5*s

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      real_estate_hawaii 9 years ago

      Great collection of poems here! Nice lens.. keep up the good work. :)

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      FlowersByDottie 9 years ago

      Fantastic lens I like your Avatar too!!Rated 5 stars and added you to my favorites please drop by my lens thanks


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      MusicMadness LM 9 years ago

      Great poems. That's a funny birthday surprise video. I'm surprised, she took it so well. 5* for a great lens.

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      JoleneBelmain 9 years ago

      Welcome to Poetry Poetry Poetry, excellent job on the birthday poems, really enjoyed them.

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      GreenRevolution 9 years ago

      Thanks for this fun and very useful lens.

      Love the ideas and the poetry! Excellent work!

      Now I know where to go when one of my friends turns 40.

      5 *****, favorite, and a fan

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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 9 years ago

      An excellent lens! I love your poetry.

      5 stars from me. *****

      I love poetry, I write it too :)


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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Great lens! 5*

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      alicesy 9 years ago

      Excellent Lens. I like the quality insight you have provided here about Free 40th birthday poems. Keep up the good work.

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      qlcoach 9 years ago

      Nice job with celebrating making it to 40. I'll be 60 in September. Any help for me? (smile) Feel free to leave samples of your poems at our publishing club:

      Gary Eby, author and therapist

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the idea and great poems

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      What a great idea for a lens!

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      This lens made me smile! Thanks for the great idea. I love those quotes too.....

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      Senora M 9 years ago

      Thanks for leaving this on my lens. Looks like fun.