A Belated Happy Birthday, Janet!

14 Dec

I feel terrible.*  Janet’s birthday was on 12/12/12.  She mentioned it on her blog and in my comments but I didn’t read either in time to respond.

I am quite literal: because Janet is too polite to say, Oi!  I want a poem! I didn’t write a poem for her birthday.  Remember, if you want a nonsense birthday poem, you must tell me in the comments or via email.  Maybe I need to set up a separate page.

Fortunately, Janet got over her politeness to demand, Oi!  Where’s my poem?

I first met Janet when she emailed me out of the blue to tell me that my gravatar was not linked to my blog.  We’ve been firm friends ever since.

Janet’s first language is Chinese but you’d think it was English.  She has a lovely, clever son of twelve, called Ben, who has his own rather impressive blog.  He could teach us all a thing or two about history.  Janet is sweet and kind and well worth a visit.

Happy Birthday Janet

Happy Birthday JANET (Photo credit: ali eminov) You can find anything on the internet – even virtual cakes for friends!

A Birthday Apology To Janet Williams

Not elated
I’m belated
She’s deflated

On her birthday that’s not good
I’d time travel if I could
I know she’d understood

Battling with my tenses
This poem is nonsens-
ical’s my consensus

The kindest girl on the planet
is my dear, sweet Janet
whose name rhymes with ‘pomegranate’  

Umm, one more thing, chum:
you are a great mum
I mean it, by gum!

Happy birthday, Janet.  You have the honour of receiving my most nonsensical poem yet. 😀

*Don’t worry: I can assure you that Janet will assure me that I have nothing to feel terrible about.  She’s that kind of person: kind.

24 Responses to “A Belated Happy Birthday, Janet!”

  1. Tinman December 14, 2012 at 09:55 #

    Happy birthday, Janet. Sorry it’s late but that’s not, of course, my fault.


  2. vivinfrance December 14, 2012 at 09:56 #

    Great fun pome, do you know what you’ve said in Chinese? Google Translate?


  3. sharechair December 14, 2012 at 12:22 #

    I visit Janet regularly and enjoy her wonderful, informative blog. Best Birthday wishes to her!


  4. bevchen December 14, 2012 at 12:23 #

    Great poem! Happy belated birthday Janet.


  5. jmgoyder December 14, 2012 at 13:15 #

    Belateds are always good! I’ll check Janet out.


  6. laurieanichols December 14, 2012 at 13:26 #

    I love it, you could set that poem to music. Happy birthday Janet!


  7. Grannymar December 14, 2012 at 15:20 #

    Belated Happy birthday Janet! A late poem gives you an excuse to extend the celebration.


  8. Janet Williams December 14, 2012 at 18:00 #

    Reblogged this on Janet's Notebook and commented:
    My friend Tilly, who is a little vain, has just launched a uniquely lucrative Birthday Poem Writing service on WordPress to fund her lust on Maltesers. Her poems rhyme, most of the time, and she’s just divine!


  9. Colline December 14, 2012 at 18:03 #

    A beautiful poem for a beautiful person 🙂


  10. Janet Williams December 14, 2012 at 18:04 #

    I’m absolutely thrilled! Thank you Tilly! You amazed me with your Chinese too. What a delight to start my birthday and to see the world end with your beautiful poem.


  11. viveka December 14, 2012 at 20:43 #

    Fantastic Linda … and good on you, Janet, to demand a poem. You got a great one too.
    Good luck .. with your new year


  12. todadwithlove December 15, 2012 at 01:42 #

    The poem is absolutely gorgeous. Can I say thank you again for Janet? Because I do so love her.


  13. benzeknees December 15, 2012 at 08:28 #

    How about using your Outlook calendar whenever we send you our birthdays & then the calendar would send you a reminder based on the options you choose.


  14. eof737 December 16, 2012 at 20:41 #

    Happy Birthday to her for sure… How come you never celebrated mine?… just kidding as i won’t tell anyway! 🙂



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