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How to Write a Birthday Poem

Updated on September 29, 2011

My birthday is right around the corner and every year, without fail, I'm asked the same question...

What do you want for your birthday???

I usually answer by saying that a gift isn't necessary, but that never works. People love giving gifts and who am I to deny them their right to generosity? Of course, it's not always easy to come up with an answer on the spot. So, I created a birthday poem to show what types of gifts are on my wish list.

Writing a birthday poem is easy...

  1. Title your poem as the date of your birthday.
  2. Come up with a wide variety of gifts that you would enjoy receiving.
  3. Send out your birthday poem to family and friends prior your special day.

You could even host a poetry reading for your birthday celebration...the possibilities are endless ;)

I hope this idea helps make all your birthday wishes come true!!!

TattooKitty's Birthday Poem

October Twenty-Sixth

Autumn born. Scorpio. Scorn me not…

Bring me orange roses in the eyes of a candy skull.

Send Pez (but not raspberry).

Scar me with ink, giving me vividly vibrant hues

Intense as sunshine off snow. Blind me.


Save your greeting cards and write poetry.

I shed no tears for Hallmark rhymes.

Fill the pot with King Crab and hand me a shot glass.

Weave cream cheese wishes in a won ton wrap.

Build me a library, burn a CD.

Sing songs about Christopher Robin and a bear

Hell-bent on emptying honey jars.

Stay golden, Honeybear.

Jet a text, vandalize*, carve a tree ~10/26 Koali

Tattoo my metaphors upon the world.

Buy a pole- I fish, you cut bait.

Extra points for moonlight.

Black velvet-lined boxes put stars in my eyes.

Show me the rainbow of gems that glitter.

Give me a word, a lovely jewel,

I’ll make it shine.

Toast with margarita-filled chalices -Salud!!

Dip strawberries in chocolate, scoop pralines and cream.

Choya shot? Banzai!! Did someone say cake?

Tell me calories don’t count today.

Hug me like you’ll never see me again.

Swear that I am [insert adjective here].

Be honest.

Promise me the years are not going by faster.

Pray that time pays with wisdom.

Today is my birthday.

Please don’t forget.

Note: Vandalism is for artists and poets. If you can’t spell or draw, don’t f**king do it!!!


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      TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for your great idea, Darryl! Simplifying the writing process really helps students feel confident and explore new poetic forms. I also love incorporating the use of art and color into poetic displays ;)

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      Darrylmdavis 5 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      I technique I like to use for my kids when I write them birthday poems is acrostic (often centre acrostic rainbow colouring the letters). I find it is easier for children to appreciate while drawing them into the poem itself (rather than placing their focus on the beginning of each line, something I generally dislike the form overall.

      Nice hub :-)

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      TattooKitty 6 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for the votes, ktrapp! Birthday poems give people lots gift options AND they ensure that you'll get something you'll really enjoy ;)

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      This is very, very creative and not a bad way of telling others what you really want. Voted up and awesome.