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2001 Birthday photograph by Olga Hedrnandez ©2001 Stanyan Entertainment

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Each man's needs should far exceed his grasp, or what are needs for?

 

Happy Birthday Edward

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Rod's random thoughts A lifetime partnership is the best thing life can offer.

My face in the mirror has only the shadows that love has etched there.

The ability to forgive saves wear and tear on the memory.

APRIL 27, 2001

Dear Edward,

Maybe it is time
to stop celebrating, 
              Little Brother,
and get on with life.

On the other hand
If we donít celebrate ourselves.
                             who will?
The question was rhetorical.
Nothing equals the euphoria,
disappointment, bewilderment
and confusion that comes
with noting birthdays.

How far weíve come,
how far we have to go.
How much time wasted,
how little time left 
to waste or put to use.

Simone Signoret was right,
nostalgia ainít what it used to be.
               But what is?

It feels pretty good to be
one hundred thirty-three
especially since nearly half
those years belong to you
and all of them belong to us.

Could I imagine it
               any other way?
Absolutely not.

Congratulations
on becoming eligible
              for social security. 
You have been my security,
social and otherwise,
               nearly all my life.

Thank you.

-for Edward on his 65th Birthday. First publication 4/27/2001

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Birthday research by Wade Alexander o Poetry from the collection of Jay Hagan o Coordinated by Melinda Smith
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