Poetry slam dunk

Today, my friends, is the 8th day of September, the year of our Lord two thousand and eleven: My birthday. As you know, I really enjoy celebrating this particular occasion, and am quite enamored with receiving birthday wishes on Facebook, Twitter, text, sky writing, what have you.

But I thought about it for a bit, and what I would really like to do today is give back to the wonderful community that is the readers of Yestertime. All 14 of you not counting blood relatives. And so I have decided that for my birthday, I will write a personal haiku to every person who comments on this post. (Even if I don’t know you in real life.) Yes! Think of it! It will be glorious!

Or the worst idea ever. We’ll see. By 4 p.m. I may hate all of you and myself most for thinking of this stupid idea.

So look! It’s like a gift for you! On my birthday! I am such a giver. Except that really, I just get a total high off of having to come up with crazy shit on the fly, so it’s actually a gift for myself. Total win-win!

P.S. Bear with me as you’re commenting. (As clearly there will be a DELUGE.) I do have to do things like drive to work and … actually work, so there may be a bit of a pause between your comment and my poem. But OH IT WILL COME. And your life will be infinitely better once you read it. Of this I am supremely confident.


1 racher { 09.08.11 at 9:56 pm }


Internet buddy,
Hats off to you. Three kids and
Good food. Supermom!

2 racher { 09.08.11 at 9:59 pm }


Sister-in-law, wife
Mrs. Parrish: I enjoy
Our afternoon chats.

3 racher { 09.08.11 at 10:08 pm }


Sweet Kate full of Grace
Bet I know which Greek letter
Is your favorite.

4 racher { 09.08.11 at 10:19 pm }


Welcome to A-town!
Glad to have you. Maybe we’ll
Meet for burritos?

And another especially for you:

(Em’ry born and we’re
Em’ry bred. And when we die
We’ll be Em’ry dead!)

5 racher { 09.08.11 at 10:27 pm }


Man how we miss our
Whaley friends. How lucky is
Knoxville to have them!

6 racher { 09.08.11 at 10:30 pm }


Yours may be the last
But I’m happy to do it
Now I’m haiku’d out.

No, one more to say
I like the name Jude! And you’re
Kind for stopping by.

7 Amy { 09.08.11 at 10:42 pm }

Love it. Thank you!

8 Leigh Ann Laney { 09.09.11 at 7:25 am }


9 Ashlyn { 09.09.11 at 8:21 am }

Best. birthdaypost. ever.

10 racher { 09.09.11 at 9:34 am }

Leigh Ann:

For your short haiku
I promise not to mention
The Grudge. Oh. Whoopsies.

11 Amy { 09.09.11 at 4:22 pm }

Happy Belated Birthday! I see that it was fantastic! I hope it continues all weekend!

12 Leigh Ann Laney { 09.09.11 at 9:36 pm }

well played :)

13 Jillian { 09.10.11 at 11:08 pm }

Two for me? Ahh shucks! Thanks so much. I hope your day was fantastic.

14 Jeff { 09.28.11 at 3:27 pm }

Very impressive.
Happy belated birthday!
I almost forgot.

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