Look the day is here! It doesn't take a seer
To tell you what it means: you're one of us now, dear.
Today you're one of us, the minus and the plus
Of adulthood is yours so let's all make a fuss.
Let's make a pleasant noise! Let's all be girls and boys
Together one last time, remembering youth's joys.
Its sorrows all forgot. We won't pretend we're not
Aware there were a few since you were in a cot.
This night and day is yours but once—no more encores
So let us make the most of it—let's open doors:
The future waits on you, the past bids fond adieu,
The present is alive with friends both tried and true.
We'll eat and drink and toast your name, our lovely host—
(Or is it our hostess?) We'd better let it coast.
We wish you all you wish yourself, a heaped up dish
Of happiness and sweet fulfilment—Tush and pish!
I'm running out of rhymes! This time of all your times
I just won't countenance its happening for dimes—
For dollars or for gold in ingots. I'll just hold
Your hand and kiss your cheek and bless your growing old.
Another fifty years and you'll be (flood of tears)
As old as us and quite as ancient as your peers.
It's all a lovely song, an anthem to a long
And magical career. Let's ring the bells ding dong.
Dear Katie ever since I met you (I won't mince
My words) I thought how nice to know you. Get any hints?
I want another kiss from the birthday girl, the miss
For whom I'm glad to say I'm writing all of this.
As Socrates once said before they drugged him dead
Just get to know yourself and have your wine and bread.
That's all I'll say just now but make a final vow
To always be your friend however you allow.
On with your twenty-first. Let's quench our healthy thirst
For life, and food for thought. To the best, forget the worst!
Good luck, God bless you Kate. I'll stop this verse in spate
And wish you what you wish yourself, more soon than late.