Happy Birthday

Drawing: Birthday cake with a single candle, decorated with pink and white icing. Caption reads: “Happy birthday to me.”
Happy Birthday poem by Iris Carden

Happy birthday to me,
I feel a hundred and three.
Mid-fifties feel old
when lupus takes hold,
I’d love a day pain-free.

Happy birthday once more,
I feel ancient and sore.
All my joints ache,
and the pills that I take
I’m swallowing by the score.

Happy birthday, guess what?
I’m complaining a lot,
but really I’m glad,
with the life I’ve had,
there’s still so much I’ve got.

I’ve a great family
and love flowing free, 
I’ve a reason to live,
and still much to give,
and so happy birthday to me.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. I love the blessings you list in the last stanza…I wish I could erase the trials you struggle with as a gift for you….but it’s not in my power. Happy (belated) birthday! 💞💞💞

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    1. Thank you. Yes, my family is a blessing and what keeps me going. When I was first diagnosed, I decided I would do whatever it took to survive until my kids grew up. Then they grew up and the oldest had a kid, so I have to stick around longer.

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