A Birthday Wish

by Joan Serratelli

I just wanted

to mark this occasion

with a little tribute

from me to you

I just wanted you to realize

that I love you

I know we’ve

had our differences

over the years

but at this time

in our lives

I would just want you

to realize that no matter what

As long as I’m alive

I’m always here

for you

I don’t know

you might not

consider it a “perk”

just know I do love you


We were born out

of love

very uniique

we had two parents who

actually loved

each other


were not too


I knew they loved

I knew they were


They could not express it

until almost the end

Just know that I love you

I’ll ALWAYS be here for you

Whatever Fate throws

at you;

you’ll deal with it

I just want you

to realize

that I want

only good for you

You’ve worked hard

No-one handed you


You did it yourself

I admire you

for that

Just have a



and know

that I may not

have showed it

but I do love you

I always will.


Author's Note: An ode to sibling rivalry. To my sister on her Birthday (Elvis' Birthday also!)I wish her only the best.

Posted on 01/08/2013
Copyright © 2023 Joan Serratelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/08/13 at 05:20 PM

There is a song in this, Joan. I can feel it in the phrases - " I just wanted you to realize that I love you", and other phrases beginning with the "just know...". What a lovely birthday wish, I can feel the unconditional love through your words.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 01/09/13 at 05:00 PM

Birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. We wish to fly from them yet cannot not forget them. This is in no way a propaganda for a larger population. Thanks.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 01/05/21 at 01:18 AM

Congrats on POTD Joan! Glad I finally caught up with this one. I agree with Kristina's comment.

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