Saturday, January 19, 2013

BIRTHDAY WISHES




What I don't want--
is a gun, fresh grief, a gathering of cynics,
a new war, nor one more damn extinction.
In these, my last years, despite evidence,
common sense, the news, and predictions,
what I want is--
less hopelessness, corruption, interruption
in the process of living a good and true life,
resources to share, and others who care to
make this world the world we wish to die in.
I want--
authenticity, kindness, mutual understanding,
interdependent association, a worthy nation,
real food in real seasons, good friends,

some ordinary joy, and reasons to live.
What I wish--
for me, I wish for thee.  May we be free.
May we be without suffering, have enough
to eat, shelter to protect us, and a practice to
sustain peaceful being on this fragile planet.

Tomorrow, a patchwork quilt of friends, each from a different circle of associations, will gather together at a local restaurant to share supper with me  as I cross the threshold of seventy years, entering my eighth decade.

I'll share pictures next post if blogger allows it.


8 comments:

handstories said...

may all your wishes come true, happy new year to you!

MulticoloredPieces said...

Happy Birthday, Michelle. What is amazing is that good persists. I wish the powers that be would just declare all guns illegal......so simple.
best, nadia

Mo Crow said...

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Mi-chel-le
Haaaapy BirthDay to YOUUU!!!
sung with gusto and slightly out of tune 'cause it sounds better that way & with lots of love from us 3 from across the seas!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday Michelle!! May all your dreams come true...may you enjoy a great celebration!!! Here is a birthday song for you (way better than my singing! lol)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHRMX9Brq0s

Ms. said...

thank You all so much. I'm off and running. Gotta be there at 5, just enough time for a quick dip and brush up for the facade--here's the adorable video I sent with the invitations--view it at You tube:
Happy Birthday Ma'am
http://youtu.be/lXMiXhE1GKU

jude said...

happy birthday! 70?

Peggy said...

I hope your birthday wishes come true for all of our sakes. Happy Birthday, dear Michelle, may you be surrounded by beauty and love always. And may a good time be had by all at the supper party! Love to you.

Ms. said...

Here it is the morning after--yes it was a good day and supper party and a new post will follow soon--but a realization has dawned--I'm actually in my eighth decade as I crossed over to my 70th year. It gives me pause, and I'll update this post to reflect the fact.