For Beth

Happy birthday Beth, twenty four, hooray!
I hope you have a really lovely day.

It doesn’t seem long since you were a baby,
I rocked you in my arms and I thought, maybe,
Maybe, this child will see a fairer world;
I dared to dream as regimes unfurled.
I watched astounded as the Berlin Wall was torn apart
A symbol of tyranny destroyed at last,
I hoped and prayed that you would ingest a sense of this unrest,
And live a real life, surround yourself with those in need,
Be politicised, survive and rise above the greed.
I’m delighted you’ve grown into a caring person
Who will never be charged with political desertion:
You read widely to inform your view,
You refuse to stereotype and take your cue
From feelings deeply embedded and long thought through.
Happy Birthday Beth, I’m proud of you.
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Copyright wordz2Go 19 November 2013

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