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Three Best Poems to Read on a Birthday

by Anuradha sowmyanarayanan

For every human being birthday comes once in a year, it’s a special day to celebrate and cherish the life given by God. In the middle of the celebrations itself, many slightly feel worried about the age factor. At the same time, there are many who take up aging gracefully and happy all the time irrespective of their increasing number.

As a point of encouragement, many say “” age is just a number”, and the way we treat it is within us. It is quite true, at this juncture, Literature comes in handy because literature is an interpretation of life and life shapes itself in the mind of the interpreter. Reading always helps to overcome any sort of situation and assures great hope and help. Literature holds in itself vast information, we may not be able to read and grasp the whole in a day. Poetry is such a form that there are many simple yet stunning, short &sweet poems that can be read again &again in a day. Even it is easy to memorize &recollect whenever you want.

According to Edgar Allan Poe, the poetry is “the rhythmic creation of beauty.’’ Poetry, says Johnson, is “Metrical composition”; it is “the art of uniting pleasure with truth by calling imagination to help of reason and its “”essence” is invention.””

There are many poets and poems in English Language. These three poems are my best choices to read on a birthday, it can be your own or others.

YOUTH by Samuel Ullman



When you 'll see you have nothing to change in your fear,

When your dreams will come true through the trouble and grief,

Then you will shine like a star, be the best you can be

In your heart, in your life, in your dreams.

Share all your shine with the entire world,

Make people believe in love.

In that time when you will shine like a star,

You will see the path you 've chosen in your life.

And no one can stop your shine.

No one can stop you again.

It's your time.

Shine like a star, be the best you can be

In your heart, in your life,in your dreams.

Share all your shine with the entire world,

Make the people believe in love

Then you'll throw away your sadness,

Then you 'll find again all your happiness.

Then you'll keep forever your kindness.

You will never be sad or brightless.

Shine like a star in the sky,

Shine like a star through the night.



These poems are sure to provide you with the needed energy, courage, motivation, faith, to lead the rest of your life in the best possible way.

Books are the best friends, they will stand by you at all times. For a book lover, the poem BOOKS by Gulzar, translated from Urdu by J.P. Das will make an apt read on his birthday.

Books peek at me,

sad and wistful,

through the glass panes

of my book shelves.

These days

I don't meet them

for months on end.

The evenings I spent

in their company

now pass by

on the computer screen.

The books are restless;

they look lost

as if sleep-walking,

the human values

of cells that never die

that they taught me

are nowhere in sight.

The affinities they brought me

are all stripped bare

leaving only moist sighs.

You can hear them sob

when a page is turned.

Their pages have lost colour,

their words, meaning.

They now look like dead wood

which will no more

sprout meanings.

Phrases, sayings, maxims

are strewn across the pages

like discarded earthen cups

made redundant by glass tumblers.

There was a time

when turning the pages

would bring a strange taste to my tongue;

now the click of a finger

that opens up a whole world

is only a flitting blink.

All that is over now

the intimate contact with books.

One could lie down

with a book in one's chest,

or  put it on one's lap,

take it in hand,

or place it on the knees

crossed into a book-stand.

They are not to be.

We used to read books

with a solemn bow,

and touched them reverently

with our foreheads.

Now, God willing,

knowledge will still

come to us,

but what about

the little pleasures

the books offered us

dried flowers and perfumed notes

between the pages;

contacts crafted through pretexts of borrowing,

or even,


or picking up a book?


they are never to be.


Quote by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

‘’Tis easy enough to be pleasant,

When life flows along like a song.

But the man worthwhile is the one who will smile,

When everything goes dead wrong


Remember these lines and make your life smooth. Enjoy every birthday and accomplish your tasks.