Birthdays have always been a source of inspiration to get myself to compose a poem. Since most poems are universal in nature their message hopefully transcends specific dates." Spin Filament" is such a poem which speaks to all of life's beginnings. Try writing birthday poems yourself that become more meaningful to you than a, let's say, a Hallmark Card. You'll be surprised with your success and self appreciation.
Shimmering deep rivers wild
Of their birth settle calmly now
Fertile valleys as would a child
Murmuring softly to the plow.
Waters are banked as is blood veined,
Each eternal fluid a life giving force.
Blood pulses sustenance to fibers trained
Eons in symphony to their energy source.
Divined up from a water birth, Man created,
Beginning the long strand in the web of life,
Unbroken since first man and woman mated.
Many heirs pound the drum-few play the fife.
Choose the instrument you wish to play,
Locked not always in your young years.
My strand I'll string to my very last day,
Spin yours, Dear Son, eliminate your fears.
Ronald C. Downie
To my son, Ronald Andrew Downie, upon his birthday.