A Birthday Sonnet

When my mom turned 55, I was desperately trying to find something I could give her as a present. She’s got just about everything she wants, and the stuff she doesn’t have yet is way out of my price range. So, good Pocket Bard that I am, I settled on a birthday poem. Yes, it’s an acrostic. Never, never again will I try to write an acrostic sonnet. Let this be a warning to you all.

A Birthday Sonnet
by Julie Golick, “The Pocket Bard”
January 2007

How long and hard I fought to find the words
And how I tried to write a thoughtful piece
Perhaps my whole endeavour’s for the birds
Perhaps I should just leave my muse in peace.

Yet still I want to celebrate your day,
Fulfill a duty, like a daughter must,
I cannot leave you sobbing in dismay,
Forgetting you today would be unjust!

To work I therefore go with word and rhyme,
You have most every other kind of gift,
Furthermore I’m running out of time:
I need to seek an ending short and swift!

Vainly though my wish may be contrived
Enjoy a very happy fifty-five!



  1. virtueorvice said,

    July 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I want to write a sonnet for the birthday of the girl i love the most in this universe and i am going through other sonnets for inspiration and learning the structure; yours seems the only sonnet specifically written for a birthday!

    Great! 🙂

  2. virtueorvice said,

    July 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Sorry, i found couple of other sonnets for birthdays; but honestly, yours is one of the bests…

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