Summer 2009 JBWB Poetry Competition Third Prize

Birthday Poem


Alice Gregg



It's the day after my birthday

Don't know if I feel young or old

Life is not quite as expected

And my writing has yet to be sold.

Champagne has certainly helped

Quench existential ills

But now it's back to two for a fiver

And trying to think up new skills.

I hope this year I'll be better

At being able to see what I've got

Instead of the bitching and griping

About all of the things that I'm not.

I have a very bad habit

Of turning small rocks into boulders

But today have overcome this

By really enjoying my boiled eggs and soldiers.

©2009 Alice Gregg


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