left alone to contemplate
what happened in my life
how I went gray
I do not have to concentrate
there has been little strife
on this another birthday

the low points offered perspective
to how high I’ve flown indeed
leaving little to regret
in times like this waxing introspective
my elder’s advice I tried to heed
and many blessings I did beget

for each gray hair, I do give thanks
they represent well lived good fortune
shared with people that I love
while each day I was counted in your ranks
you’ve made me feel this lifelong notion
magnas inter opes inops


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