Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday, darling!
We’ve got a surprise for you
The sun is smiling bright
And the sky is extra blue
The clouds are plump and fluffy
Just like these birthday pancakes
We’ve all been huffing and puffing
Cause your joy’s our favourite mandate
Everyone is in on this
That’s why today is effortless

The clouds sent the rain
To quench the thirst of the field
The sun sent its rays
To facilitate the yield
The grass grew tall and thick
For the cows all to graze
The fresh air filled their nostrils
So they could bask and laze
The farmers in those fields
Harvested the grains
They milked the cows and churned the butter
So this breakfast could be made

An unbroken line of ancestors
Lead up to a birth on this day
I’m so full of joy, so truly blessed
Thanks to the sun, air, earth, and rain
Thanks to your parents and their parents
And all the parents gone before
To all the farmers and their livestock
Who chipped in on this day of yours

© Rylan Skelly, September 2018


About the Author: I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions – Eastern, Western, or in between; I’m genderqueer, and I’m comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I’m married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; I think far too much, and often have too many ideas to know what to do with; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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I have a B.A. in Honours Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo; I have a love for all major world religions - Eastern, Western, or in between; I'm genderqueer, and I'm comfortable with male, neutral, and female pronouns; I'm married to my dear wife Lynn, who is the love of my life, my best friend, and my muse; and I am a doing being, just like you!

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