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Birthday 2009: My Cosmic-Poet Beard in this Fifty-Second Year
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To live the life of an American poet is to live the life of a poem that never stops writing itself. --Aberjhani
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Bearded Aberjhani chilling in a stress-free zone party environment.

Several years ago I began to compose biopoems to mark my birthday because this genre seemed to lend itself best to capturing the different layers and nuances of a creative individual's life. For me, those layers are comprised of objective factual biography, interior symbolic representations of that biography, the various works produced by the individual author, and public perception or misperception of the same. Obviously, a single poem is not likely to provide a thorough documentation of an individual's life (though some heroic efforts have come close) but by creating these poemized puzzle pieces I might one day be able to put them all together and come up with an interesting composite self-portrait in verse. For now, here's to one more year and one more piece of a literary portrait in progress.     

 

My Cosmic-Poet Beard in this 52nd Year

 

Like a twilight-gray net of silk moss and prayers,
my cosmic-poet beard in this fifty-second year
hangs loose beneath a canopy of dreams rediscovered.
Sways in starlit winds of humbled expectations.

Like slender tentacles of time and free verse,
feathery follicles blanket my heart
with visions of things new beneath the sun.
I see my past in this world fall on broken knees--

before a  future stepping boldly through many others.  

The green and golden winged bird of summer
last week sang icestorms in the back yard.
Cobalt eyes blinked lightning and suddenly
a rainbow wrote across the sky, "Lift up thine eyes oh poet."

Scratching my fur-coated chin, out falls a tiny blue moon.
Then pages from an unpublished manuscript,
songs of my deceased children's laughter,
some of MJ's scorching angst and Obama's lyrics too.   

My cosmic-poet beard in this fifty-second year
cannot compete with the white of new snow
or the regal stretch of eagles' wings soaring
on currents of humored wisdom and chastised glory. 

Happy with its muse, it sings rhymes and pays me no mind.

 

By Aberjhani
© July 2009

 

 

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Almost didn't do this

In my previous blog on Michael Jackson, I said I used to take note of his life achievements each year as our birthdays approached, mine in July and his in August, as a way of motivating myself to work a little harder and reach a little higher. With Jackson's recent death and the phenomenal magnitude of his memorial services screened all over the world yesterday, I almost decided not to post my annual birthday poem.

But then I heard so many of Jackson's admirers talking about how he never gave up no matter the number of crippling hits he took from the media and not matter how many of his own person demons he had to battle. I also witnessed how the catalog of his CD titles suddenly dominated the top 15 positions on various music charts. It became clear that not to acknowledge and even celebrate the continuation of my own life and artistic pursuits would not be a particularly good way to demonstrate consideration for someone who burned the candle of his creative genius from both ends until there was literally nothing left to burn. Far better to keep burning my own as brightly, warmly, and flickeringly (I know that's an awkward word to use here but it's my birthday so I'm indulging myself :-) as I can for however long I can.

Aberjhani
Founder of Creative Thinkers International
author of The American Poet Who Went Home Again
and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File)

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Life has to be celebrated!

Life has to be celebrated! Happy Birthday!

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It is to be celebrated isn't it

Thank you Luciana. Now that I think about it, I actually first started  writing birthday poems for friends and co-workers in San Francisco some years ago. Guess I just decided to extend the courtesy to myself :-)

Aberjhani

Founder of Creative Thinkers International
author of The American Poet Who Went Home Again and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File)

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A self-portrait in verse

A self-portrait in verse seems like a great idea, especially if it is verse that connects the various episodes in your life.

The cosmic-poet beard has every reason to be "Happy with its muse, it sings rhymes and pays me no mind." Perhaps, your subconscious? Then it is only you...

So, a great life to you Aberjhani for this year and the ones you will look forward to!

PS: We do share our zodiac sign. I did not do much on my birthday, June 28, which is unusual. I always dedicate something to myself :)

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A Belated Happy Birthday to Farzana

 The cosmic-poet beard thing was partly an allusion to an inside joke where a friend teased me about my beard not quite measuring up yet to Walt Whitman's in his latter grand poet days, which I don't mind at all because I'm no rush to reach that stage :-) I'll get there when I get there.

 
Aberjhani 
Founder of Creative Thinkers International 
author of The American Poet Who Went Home Again 
and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File)

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Happy Birthday,

Happy Birthday, Aberjhani.

I'm glad you were beard and chilling in the right zone.

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Thank you Keiko

I'm glad I took time to chill too.

Aberjhani
Founder of Creative Thinkers International
author of The American Poet Who Went Home Again
and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File)

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Happy Birthday

Peace and joy to you, Aberjhani.
Happy Birthday!

Nordette Adams
African-American Books Examiner for Examiner.com
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Appreciate that Nordette

Thanks for the birthday wishes, and peace and joy to you as well.

Aberjhani
Founder of Creative Thinkers International
author of The American Poet Who Went Home Again
and Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance (Facts on File)