You have that blithe intake of breath, singularly
keen to startle a new day, release pure melody
that brightens everything; the skip, the unstressed
upbeat hallmarks you, and all the eagerness
you bring, day out, day in, to the turning calendar;
embracing the unforeseen, the routine, humdrum
with as much verve as the novel or the longed-for.
Another birthday is another note, another song
in life’s rich repertoire, another chance to look
time in the eye, unblinking; to keep dancing.
Note: the age in the title could be personalised!