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How to Celebrate Your Fortieth Birthday

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Ravi is a traveler and foodie who loves to visit off-the-beaten-track places and understand the culture, history and customs behind them.

This is how I celebrated my fortieth birthday in style

This is how I celebrated my fortieth birthday in style

I recently reached the milestone of 40 years of existence in this world. And this haiku poem is the celebration of my journey, the joy after reaching my destination, and reflections on the after-effects of age catching on to me fast.


Fortieth birthday,

I climb the bluish mountain

loving the warm sun.


Distant winds blow in,

dragging along ladened clouds

winter rains have come.


Frosty winds numb me,

rain pellets chase me around

fog clouds my vision.


The sun disappears,

icy rains sweep the mountain

blackish clouds blind me.


I gasp in thin air,

as I push my tired muscles

to please my ego.


Flimsy nests crumble,

as birds cuddle to stay warm.

Heavy rains pound hard.


I climb the mountain,

collapsing beneath the clouds.

I am getting old.

© 2021 Ravi Rajan

Comments

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 21, 2021:

Thanks Vanita

Vanita Thakkar on February 21, 2021:

Happy 40th Birthday to you. Nicely celebrated with poetry. Wish you health and happiness and many more poetic celebrations.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 21, 2021:

Thanks Devika

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 21, 2021:

A great idea and lots to consider here Thank you

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 20, 2021:

Thanks, Rodric for your comments.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on February 20, 2021:

My fourtieth birthday was 4 and 1/2 years ago. I missed it, the mountain climbing part. Happy 40th to you though, brother. You braved the mountain like a boss! You might be older now, old, but you can still do things you want to do. Praise God for that. If you do right, you will be braving mountains until your 60th birthday.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 20, 2021:

Thanks Gyanendra

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 20, 2021:

Thanks Bill

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on February 20, 2021:

Wish you a very happy 40th birth day and many return years!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 20, 2021:

Happy Fortieth Birthday, my friend!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 20, 2021:

Thanks Sankhajit

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on February 20, 2021:

it's really interesting!!!!

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 20, 2021:

Thanks, Chitrangada for your comments

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 20, 2021:

Well expressed haikus and Happy Birthday to you. Age is just a number. Enjoy each moment of your life, and thanks for sharing this.

Ravi Rajan (author) from Mumbai on February 19, 2021:

Thanks MG

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 19, 2021:

Congrats on your birthday.

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