Susanna Leonard Hill, a published children’s author, is running a contest. The rules stipulate that entrants write a children’s story about a very creative and/or unique birthday celebration in 300 words or less in either poetry or prose. The entry must be posted on their blog between Saturday, May 19th, and Tuesday, May 22, 2012.
So I’m taking the plunge and entering Happy Birthday! You’re One. This poem is one of twelve that I’ve written for my baby’s first year record book. I’ve also included the illustration that inspired this poem, and which appears in the book. The artwork made its debut in my previously published calendar.
I shoved invitations through a thin little slot,
The envelopes slid down the chute, mailing the lot.
I poked, emailed, and sent out oodles of tweets,
So family and friends could have a bash in the street.
I yanked open the oven, pulled out steamy, hot buns,
Then swirled icing on a sponge cake no one would shun.
I dressed you in bright colors of green and red,
And plunked a cone hat on top of your soft, downy head.
The guests arrived bearing gifts of all kinds,
You squealed with delight, ‘cuz you sure didn’t mind.
We whacked the piñatas, spilling candies galore.
Then you licked a lolly and plopped to the floor.
I flipped hotdogs and burgers on our new barbecue,
Then I blew out your candle before you turned two.
Your eyelids did droop, though horns they did toot,
Time to dole out bags packed with loads of fun loot.
The sun disappeared out of our sight for the night.
I kissed your cheek and tucked you in tight.
“Happy Birthday,” I hummed, “my sweet, little pet,
Today you turned one, a birthday I’ll never forget.”
The finalists’ poetry or prose will be posted on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog for you to vote on starting Monday, May 28th, and will stay up throughout Tuesday.
And here’s my blurb that I’ll submit to an agent. Don’t hold your breathe. It’s a lengthy process that will test my endurance.
Our Story—You & Me is sprinkled with quaint quotes and brimming with quirky rhymes that mirror my whimsical works of art. This unique diaper bag-sized keepsake book will appeal to mommies and expectant mommies who want to capture the milestones of their baby’s first year.
The book is unique in that it elevates a record book to an early-reader storybook a mom can read to her child. In the years to follow, they’ll giggle together, poring over candid photos of things like a toothless grin, wobbly first steps, the ultrasound, and other special moments. There’s a bonus envelope to preserve a lock of hair, a hospital bracelet, and immunization records.
Have an awesome long weekend!
This poem and artwork is the property of the author. Please do not re-print or re-post.