I don’t remember a single birthday
There are photographs,
and there will have been things
and much love
as well as some parties with friends,
but I don’t recall one celebration.
I do for my twenty first,
a big event at the time,
and the pewter mug with
its transparent base
for looking through.
Also my fortieth
and sixtieth, more recent than
childhood, obviously, but for
I’d like to go back to an early birthday
and sing to myself in a foreign language
to suggest just one change.
Any would do.