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My 60th Birthday

Updated on November 24, 2013
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My 60th Birthday

By Tony DeLorger © 2013

With flair I did hover at my party so audacious,

witty, beguiling and so profoundly gracious,

working the crowds through glazed eyes and the haze of,

my somewhat wavering stance and drunk status.

I fed them and worked hard to keep happiness reigning,

while my body and liver were screaming and paining,

my thoughts becoming scrambled and memory going,

I stumbled from one group to another all glowing.

Then the time for the cake and my speech was approaching,

I found my glasses and somehow I was convinced I'd be smokin',

and read out the words that I'd written all sane,

now reading that paper was taxing my brain.

I think I heard laughing, and maybe some clapping,

as I read out my words, hardly clear no doubt lacking,

slurring the jokes and my life gone so fast,

it ended so soon, so I just filled my glass.

Right after I finished I just couldn't remember,

if I'd read it at all, in my minds dying embers,

so I just stood up and the wall came and hit me,

what cheek I thought, on my 60th birthday.

I cuddled and hugged all my beautiful family,

perhaps several times, there's no telling my memory,

my sons just took over, took the glass from my hand,

and replaced it with water, so I could accomplish a stand.

Goodbyes were all done and my bed beckoned early,

so I stumbled to darkness, my head somewhat curly,

I remember thinking it was someone's birthday,

I had a great time I think, perhaps its just hearsay.

One bottle of Scotch downed with abandon,

to bring the 61st year of my life on,

and greet the new day with an exuberant smile,

after leaning over the bowl on those cold hard tiles.

The price you pay....



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    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Faith, and take care.

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      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Happy belated birthday, dear Tony. Sounds like you were surrounding my many who love you and that is all that is important ... and remembering for the next birthday : )

      Voted up and more and away

      Blessings always

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Cat, yes there are certain advantages with age, but your body isn't one of them. Take care and thanks for dropping by.

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      Catherine Tally 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hey, Tony, I'm really feeling your hangover thanks to your talent with words! Happy birthday and many more- wishing you all the best throughout the year. I'm up there with you, and it's not TOO bad- lol


    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Wayne, hell seventh decade....sounds old. Oh well, I'll just write, paint and play music till I drop.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Perfect piece to accompany the poem. Lol, hope you enjoy the beginning of your seventh decade.

    • Tony DeLorger profile imageAUTHOR

      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks Jodah, I had a great birthday, and had all my kids and Gran kids with me. It'll take me a good week to get over my indulgence.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hope you had a great birthday Tony, if your poem is a true indication, I think you did. Loved it by the way. Voted up.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks word55, and for your song. Much appreciated on my 6oth.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      5 years ago from Chicago

      Happy Birthday Tony! Perfect time for yours to play my happy birthday song to you.


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