Poetry by Philip M. Williams

Birthday Girl


Imagine all the little children sleeping
In their little cribs. Later creeping.
Soon they’re leaping through their world so gay.

With simple joy, they watch the blooms of May
Both preen and dance into the scented play
Of colored breeze. Reflect! We’ll soon be sweeping

All soft and luscious rainbow flakes. They’re fleeting
Into filling rooms. They’re busy seeking.
Soon they’re reaping, smiles of yesterday.

Oh birthday girl! Like the violet blue,
So shy beneath its leaves of green,
Like the nodding lily of the valley white,
Sweet scented in its random scheme,
Like the wild columbine that trumpets keen
Its graceful shape in bending flight,

You yearly compass all those valiant traits
Of truth and joy and beauty in the face
Of this strange world. So we do daily share
All untrammeled love that you do bear
As like those simple graces children wear,
And thus memorialize your birthday fair.

Jennie 2002



  List of Poems:

Songs of war

1. Song, on reading Hitchens' Good Time for War
2. Alexander

3. Acela Express
Birthday Songs
1. Birthday Girl
2. Travel

Stairs in and around Harvard College
1. Stadium Sonnet
2. Gund Hall Stairs
3. Harvard Coop Stairs (Tree of Knowledge)

Odd Songs
1. Piss Tish
2. Poison Ivy Blues
3. The Boston Room

Peace and Love
1. Sea of Love
2. Distant Moon
3. Anti Faustian Pact
4. It is an Honor

5. My Tin House
Old Age
1. To Jack
1. In Memoriam
2. The Judge


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