We are older, by a year! And to celebrate that fact we had birthday themed poetry and cake. Beetroot and chocolate cake and lemon, blueberry, almond vegan cookies, to be exact.
The task was: Describe your most memorable birthday in five lines or less….
My mother’s 80th birthday
Her smile, the way she sat
In state and everyone paid
Homage; the last time
I saw her completely alive.
Baking Set winner:
Thirteen years of poor training
I keep my enemies close
Boys don’t cry;
Men sure as hell do.
And all the other entries, the most memorable birthday in some cases seem to be ones you have a blurry memory of…
30 kids running round in circles
8 years old and thinking
This is strange
18 and vomiting on a girl I kissed
Things change, they don’t stay the same!
The flash of 30 little LA jeans
Clattering about in a school hall
If this is my special day
I can’t wait to be…
Invited friends over for pre-party
Too much vodka
Keeled over in toilet
Friends celebrated the birthday
I was too drunk to go to.
I stole a rose from the pub wall
And run laughing into the night
And crushed my leg in the
Revolving door and had surgery on my 18th.
To a disco beat
A drunken DJ
Does the time warp
The worst birthday ever.
I lit a candle and blew it off.
A most exciting party.
My first teenage party,
At my neighbours house
All girls, no booze, no
Drugs, no cigarettes.
Ate hot dogs, laid on
Floor, windows open
Listening to Albatross.
A red rose was slaughtered
By larger breath, it drooped
In curry which ended up sloppy
On my signature white blouse
The sort you wear on your 18th birthday.
Thanks to our excellent guests Melanie Rees and Joe Hobson for their stomping performances.
The next Stirred is the 5th November….theme to be decided! We also extended the deadline for the Stirred Anthology till December. So, get your best feminist poetry to us at email@example.com.