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[Poetry Friday] “Birthday Lights” by Calef Brown

Poetry party!


Fats here.

I turned 33 three days ago! I had an early celebration last weekend in Columbus, which is about an hour and a half away from where I live. Our hotel was in Easton Town Center but we also checked out a few places downtown—Wolf’s Ridge Brewing, COSI (Center of Science and Industry), Tensuke Market, and The Book Loft of German Village. We stayed in Columbus from Saturday until Monday, and I also took Tuesday and Wednesday off! ♥

To keep the fun times going, my Poetry Friday offering is birthday-related! I found this poem by Calef Brown online, thanks to the Poetry Foundation. I think people should blow a candle out on their birthday even when they’re a hundred years old—partly for tradition and partly for fun. What do you think? pf0608b

Kiesha at Whispers from the Ridge is hosting the Poetry party today!

pf0608aBirthday Lights

Light bulbs on a birthday cake.
What a difference that would make!
     Plug it in and make a wish,
     then relax and flip a switch!
No more smoke
      or waxy mess
      to bother any birthday guests.
But Grampa says, “it’s not the same!
      Where’s the magic?
       Where’s the flame?
To get your wish without a doubt,
You need to blow some candles out!”

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Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

12 comments on “[Poetry Friday] “Birthday Lights” by Calef Brown

  1. Happy birthday! Sounds like you’re having a great birthday week. I hope you have an awesome year!

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  2. Happy Birthday!! Thanks for sharing Calef’s fun poem. Glad you’re having a great celebration week.

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    • Fats Suela

      Thank you, Jama! It is a fun poem, isn’t it? 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!


  3. Such a wonderful birthday ditty! Wishing you the happiest of birthdays.

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    • Fats Suela

      Thank you, Kiesha! The poem is new to me. Glad I found it in time for the birthday week! 🙂


  4. maryleehahn

    Happy Birthday! You were in my neck of the woods!! (How did I miss that you work in Wooster?!?!) Wolf’s Ridge is one of our very favorite places, and The Book Loft is perfect for a book hoarder!!

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    • Fats Suela

      Wow! That’s great! Yes, Wolf’s Ridge is wonderful! The executive chef, Seth Lassak, is married to someone I went to high school with in the Philippines. We weren’t able to meet him that night, though. He took the day off because of the golf tournament. Food and drinks were so, so good! ♡


  5. Hurray!! I had my birthday last week, too! I turned 34, so we’re around the same age – how cool!! Hope you had a very happy birthday!!


  6. Hope you had Many Happy Returns of the Day Fats, and got to blow some candles out too! Fun poem, thank.


  7. Joyce Ray

    Good for you! An extended birthday celebration. Happy new birthday year. Thanks for the poem. Calef Brown is a very talented children’s writer and illustrator. I’ve met his mother!


  8. Yeah for birthdays and blowing out the candles. It is a tradition in our family. Thanks for sharing the poem.


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