Birthday Morning


Five in the morning,
my Birthday morning …
I woke up
to my neighbor’s moaning.

Around midnight,
I went to bed smiling
like a little kid
for I was surprised by
a lovely gift,
the sweetest thing ever,
from Maldivian mermaid!

I am still smiling,
opening and re-opening
the gift plenty of times,
and radiating million more smiles,
brighter than all the Christmas lights combined.

By six, the moaning had already stopped,
the neighborhood was quiet.
Peace at last, but I decided to stay in bed,
and to read a few pages from Cutting for Stone
since I’ve become obsessed with the characters in it;
I recommend this book to anyone interested
in learning about the art of nursing, medicine,
in discovering a fascinating world
of love, passion, healing and pain.
(I only have few complaints about it so far)

By seven, I took a warm shower,
a soft melody playing in the background;
I listened to the water, cleansing my soul,
refreshing my spirit, washing away the foul,
the stench I felt the day before.

And then, I made scrambled eggs,
the music still playing,
my heart throbbed … dancing …
I found out too that
the little French
I thought I knew,
it turned out totally useless!
I laughed out loud,
saying ooh la la, goodness gracious!

Now I am hoping
that this yellow feeling
will last me the rest of the day
since it’s my holiday!

Merry Christmas everyone!
Just a crazy blogger kid,
singing Joy To The World!
I feel like a Heron,
enjoying that holiday tune.


Meklit Hadero is a talented Ethiopian American singer who is based in San Francisco. And that song was what I listened to earlier. This Tuhnesu tune is also my favorite! Tuhnesu (Tenesu) means Wake Up, Rise and Shine, in Amharic. 🙂 I can’t find it on youtube. She sings so beautifully.


13 thoughts on “Birthday Morning

  1. Elyas
    Thanks for visiting my blog. And thank you for pairing my picture with your lovely poem. All the best to you for the holidays. Your language symbols and numbers are fascinating. You have great command of English.

    1. Thank you Victor! I really appreciate that you don’t mind me to use your picture, which I really like! 🙂 Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for the humbling kind words! Happy Holidays to you and your family as well! I look forward to visiting your blog more often! 😀

  2. … lol
    Is there now going to be more posts on :
    “Birthday Afternoon”
    “Birthday Evening”
    “Birthday Reflection” … ? LOL 🙂

    I’m glad you liked the gift 😀
    Have a great day kid! 🙂 May all you dreams come true. Merry christmas to you 🙂

    [is it rude If I say I don’t celebrate christmas? – is it very strange if I say that?
    but I wish a merry christmas to those who mark the day.
    For, I jknow I feel happy when my friends from other faiths wishes me “Happy Eid” 🙂 ]

    1. Amira … 😀 yep, there is now “the day after birthday.” 😀 … I absolutely loved the gift, “like” is not the word to describe what I felt. 🙂 I am very thankful! You are an awesome Mon Amie! 🙂

      [I don’t think it’s rude .. if you don’t celebrate it, you don’t. 🙂 But you can be supportive to those who celebrate it. 🙂 I don’t celebrate Eid, but I love saying happy Eid to my muslim friends! And in fact back home, you not only say Happy Eid or Melkam Genna (Merry Christmas) to one another, whether you are friends or neighbors, but you visit each other’s home and eat and drink whatever is prepared for the holiday. 🙂 That’s how we celebrate.]

  3. Happy B’day Elyas.. 🙂 Very beautiful post with positive thoughts.. It sounds good that you had a wonderful b’day.. May all your wishes come true… Merry Christmas . Happy Holiday! 🙂


  4. Happy Birthday, Elyas! I hope you’ve had a beautiful day. Everyone would have a great day, if they started it off with that song, which is the most lovely song. I enjoyed it very much.

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