Birthday Prayers

Let the day blossom wherein i was born, and the
Night in which it was said, There is a girl child
conceived

Let the day be brightness;let God regard it from above,
And let light shine upon it

Let brightness and the breathe of life adorn it
Let the crown dwell upon it; let the whiteness of the
Day amaze it.

As for that night, let brightness seize upon it,
Let it be special unto the days of the year, let it
Come into the number of the months

Lo let the night be merry, let joyful voice
Come therein

Let them bless it that bless the day
Who are ready to raise up their singing,

Let the stars of the twilight thereof be bright
Let it be light, and have more; let it see the
Dawning of the day

Because it opened up the door of my mothers
womb, and brought joy to mine eyes.

Thank God i survived the womb! thank God
I did not give up the ghost when i came out of the belly

Thank God that the knee welcome me
And the breast gave that i should suck.



4 thoughts on “Birthday Prayers” by samuel o-e (@benchmark)

  1. interesting – semantically rich but it can be better syntactically….

  2. ufuoma otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

    My big sister’s birthday is in 3 days, am i free to steal this poem and read it to her at the party??? Plsssssss……….I havent prepared anything for the thing sef.

    1. s'am (@samenyuch)

      haha. shey?

      1. ufuoma otebele (@ufuomaotebele)

        you are invitied oooohh……….the title reminded me of my own sis birthday.

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