Toast to Self

This premature father of three—despite with
Hairline receding
Imperceptibly and belly growing
Rounder and rounder—remains,
Technically, an awfully innocent

The age when Christ was crucified?
How daunting the thought!
Rain down on me, good Heavens, pourings of
Eau de vie.


Colin Lee


A pennyworth of birthday afterthought. Linking this to dVerse’s Quadrille #57 – Don’t rain on my parade!

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    1. Morning Q! Not a french speaker myself, but its English counterpart doesn’t seem to carry both the spirituous and spiritual connotations. Anyway, thank you for reading. 🙂


  1. many happy returns! love that you are always young at heart, one of the best qualities of a father, you will always connect with your children and an amazing partner for your wife. wishing you many blessings and a memorable year ahead dear Colin!

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  2. Happy birthday, ‘awfully innocent youngster’! I hope you had a wonderful day, Colin. I love the lines:.
    ‘Rain down on me, good Heavens, pourings of
    Eau de vie’.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. It was a good weekend, though I would have wished the weather a little cooler and the subsequent week a little less hectic.

      When I looked at the word eau de vie, I thought of the first miracle of Christ (turning water to wine) and the Last Supper’s communion (wine, again), and the Christian reference of this fountain of living water … Three jam-packed years of a rabbinical career for one fearless bachelor boy in his early thirties that revolutionised the entire world for millennia. Found it hard to resist a toast to such divine inspiration.

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  3. Belated happy birthday! May your __rd year be both splendid and auspicious indeed. 🙂 Sorry, I’ve been late in reading posts. There is not much room for poeming or blog-related activities in the busyness of life hereabouts.

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    1. Thank you, Imelda. Much needed and timely blessings. Same here, with everything going on at work and back in the monkeys’ cage, I surmise it’ll be a year of poetic drought. Do take care, my friend!

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  4. Happy VERY belated birthday! I am quite far behind in my reading, I’m afraid. 🙂 Incidentally, my birthday was May 27th, just around the corner from yours. It was a good time to be born, wasn’t it?

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    1. Thank you! I can’t believe I was away for a month, speaking of falling behind. Happy (very, very!) belated birthday to you! Yes, mid-summer birthdays are great — like little, celebrative oases in the void from major festivities. 😉

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