Poem On His Birthday


This morning I reflected
That today I am the same age as you were
When I was as much younger than you
As you are now older than me

This just goes to show
The kind of thing that happens
When you start calibrating
What you should be celebrating

So what’s to celebrate
What of worth then
Gathered from the years?

That it’s not what you see
It’s the way that you view it
It’s not what you do
It’s the why that you do it
It’s not what you’ve lived
But the way you lived through it
And that’s what really counts

That you should neither judge nor aggravate
The turmoil that surrounds you
And everything is already perfect
Whether you like it or not

Why rush around in pursuit of pleasure
When you could simply enjoy
The suffering you already have?

That there’s more to the I
Than meets death
And even if you’re dead important
You’re not important dead

Of course I forget most of this stuff
For pretty much of the time
But I wanted to make my birthday
A day to remember

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on July 11, 2012, in Poetry, Writing and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 34 Comments.

  1. Ohhhh! Are you 21 today my friend? I do hope that the day is kind and that you have one heck of a grand one. A very Happy Birthday to you! πŸ˜€

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  2. Loved this! Happy birthday! πŸ™‚

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  3. sarahjaneprosetry

    Happy birthday!

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  4. Happy birthday if it is πŸ™‚

    “Why rush around in pursuit of pleasure
    When you could simply enjoy
    The suffering you already have?” – Wicked!

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  5. This is certainly the best birthday song ever. Especially enjoyed the lines “And everything is already perfect Whether you like it or not”. Happy birthday to you, my friend.

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  6. happy birthday biaatcchh !!

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  7. Very nice! Happy Birthday!

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  8. this poem has a very easy rhythm, and the message is quite precious, too. happy birthday.

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  9. very nice piece and very happy birthday wishes to you, young man…


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  10. Happy birthday! It’s nice to have a poem like this to reflect on things one usually doesn’t think about during one’s birthday πŸ˜€

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  11. Happy birthday to the perfect (whether you like it or not) poet I know – BEN NAGA!

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  12. Belated Happy Birthday, Ben! A toast and cheers to one of the world’s best poets I admire and respect!

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  13. Ben, a belated happy birthday to you!! Great poem – we should indeed be celebrating, not calibrating. πŸ™‚

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  14. Happy belated Birthday, Ben, and this is one of your best! Loved it, especially the fourth verse! Definitely, a poem to remember! πŸ™‚

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  15. I really love this poem. Thank you for sending me the link. Talk to you soon, Sorry I kind of disappeared for a bit. I was sick with an infection and also dealing with problems at home.
    Hopefully back to my regular reading now,

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  16. You have an important message, birthdays and every day. Appreciate the moment. Live it.

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