Betsy Speicher

Happy Birthday to B. Royce

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Happy Birthday Brian!

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Happy Birthday, Brian!!! Poetry is not my strong suit, but I do love your poems so much I wanted to share something with you. Instead of my own, I'll share one by one of my favorite poets.

Gifts

May these be yours...

The gifts that make the Dreamers into Doers,

The Gift to work

Through joy and sorrow, light and murk.

The play, with all your soul and heart,

A Manly part.

The Gift of Discontent, to keep you Driving

Forward and up, forever striving

For something better in the days hereafter,

The Gift of Kindness, and the Gift of Laughter.

And all the Gifts of Love, and Faith,

and Friends of Justice and of Truth

And in your heart, until life's long journey ends

The Priceless Gift of Youth

Youth and its ageless courage that endures,

May all these Gifts be Yours

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Happy Birthday! I have been saving this one for you.

Uplift am I? When first in store the new-made beasties stood,

Were Ye cast down that breathed the Word declarin' all things good?

Not so! O' that warld-liftin' joy no after-fall could vex,

Ye've left a glimmer still to cheer the Man--the Arrtifex!

That holds, in spit o' knock and scale, o' friction, waste an' slip,

An' by that light--now, mark my word--we'll build the Perfect Ship.

Rudyard Kipling, "M'Andrew's Hymn"

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Happy Birthday ! to the poet par excellence!

It's always a treat to read your eloquent words, Brian.

I hope you have a brilliantly awesome birthday. ^_^

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A very, very happy birthday to you, Brian! I do hope this is a little music you might enjoy on this special day -- a performance of Gremin's aria (Eugene Onegin) by the late, great Nicolai Ghiaurov.

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin -- Gremin's Aria (Act III)

Nicolai Ghiaurov, Bass

Love is no respecter of age,

its transports bless alike

those in the bloom of youth

yet unacquainted with the world

and the grey-headed warrior

tempered by experience!

Onegin, I shan't disguise the fact

that I love Tatyana to distraction!

My life was slipping drearily away;

she appeared and brightened it

like a ray of sunlight in a stormy sky,

and brought me life and youth, yes, youth and happiness!

Among these sly, poor-spirited,

foolish, pampered children,

these scoundrels both absurd and boring,

dull, fractious arbiters,

among the pious coquettes

and sycophantic slaves,

amid affable, modish hypocrisy

courteous, affectionate infidelities,

amid the icy censure

of cruel-hearted vanity,

amid the vexing vacuity

of calculation, thought and conversation,

she shines like a star

in the night's darkest hour, in a pure, clear sky,

and to me she always appears

in the radiant,

radiant nimbus of an angel!

Love is no respecter of age,

its transports bless alike

those in the bloom of youth

yet unacquainted with the world

and the grey-headed warrior

tempered by experience!

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Happy Birthday, Brian! Your insightful posts and delightful poems and short stories help make the FORUM a benevolent place to be. Many happy returns!

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Happy Happy Birthday Brian!!! ^_^

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Happy Birthday, Brian!!

Incidentally--have you recorded any readings of your poetry? I remember when you read/sang your poem about "Profit...profit...profit!!" at the Objectivist Club meeting in Sacramento years ago. ("Awake, awake, awake am I"...I loved it!)

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A very happy birthday to you Brian! Reading your poems is always a delight to me.

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Happy Birthday, Brian!

Party Hearty and have an excellent year!

Brian's Birthday Haiku:

Our poet Brian

Had his own birthday today

Ergo, no sonnet

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Thank you, Betsy. I sure appreciate YOUR department: Administrator of The Forum.

Thank you, Alon.

Thank you, Sophia, and you're welcome.

Terrific, Zak; a wonderful poem.

Styg, I'm glad you saved that, well worth it. It even has a taste of the sea in it.

Thanks, Ray, I am having a great day.

Merury, thank you for the kind words.

Johnrgt, it's been a pleasure.

Thank you, Thales; yes, awesome.

Vespasiano, thank you for the beautifully sung song as well as for the translation.

Thank you bborg.

Thank you, Scott It is a great place to be. (Though I miss your vignettes!)

Thank you thank you, free-Carrie-spirit!

Thanks Jim. I'm glad to know someone remembers that performance. I have a tape or two, that's all. Let me know, via pm, if you'd like a short tape.

Thank you, Phil. That's much appreciated.

Thank you, Jasmine. May you soar.

Thank you Michael. I love to give delight.

piz, gee whizz, it is!

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Happy Birthday, Brian!

Party Hearty and have an excellent year!

Brian's Birthday Haiku:

Our poet Brian

Had his own birthday today

Ergo, no sonnet

Thanks, Alann.

Because no sonnet

Had its own birthday today

Haiku will party! ^_^

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To the poet who knows it: Happy Birthday, Brian.

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