Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris


on my birthday,

i got a long voicemail from a friend.

midnight approached as i lay in my bed listening.

in the message, one thing she said was:

“I’m happy you’re alive…”

to my surprise came unexpected tears.

maybe it was how her voice cracked when she said it,

showing her sincerity

or just that

when someone who knows exactly how


you’ve been to death

acknowledges just how


you’ve come

simply by still being here,

life seems even more


2 responses

  1. Well, I must admit that this started out like many a birthday poems, but quickly changed in its tone and depth….thanks for the surprise.

    July 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm

  2. jadeandwele

    🙂 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

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