When I rise up above the earth,
And look down on the things that fetter me,
I beat my wings upon the air,
Or tranquil lie,
Surge after surge of potent strength
Like incense comes to me
When I rise up above the earth
And look down upon the things that fetter me.
For many, birthdays are a time of celebration—of growing older, of beginning a new year of growth and change—and reflection on the lives they’ve lived so far. Browse our selection of poems about birthdays.
|2013||Prayer for a Birthday||Mark Wunderlich|
|2004||A Happy Birthday||Ted Kooser|
|2004||Poem at Thirty||Michael Ryan|
|1998||A Newborn Girl at Passover||Nan Cohen|
|1966||Morning Song||Sylvia Plath|
|1922||When I Rise Up||Georgia Douglas Johnson|