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Poem for a Friend

This poem was written as a birthday gift for my dearest friend, Carla Milho, a beautiful lady and talented writer hailing from Lisbon, Portugal. Please visit her web site to wish her a Happy Birthday on this special day – thanks very much!

Frost the cake and add a candle to the dish
It’s time to make a wish
Another year is here

Sing the song we know with joy and warm delight
We celebrate tonight
Toasting you with good cheer


Happy Birthday, Carla
Let the good times flow
Fun and friends who love you, don’t you know

Happiness, forever
When you share a smile
Days ahead grow brighter, all the while

© 2023 Phil Perkins

PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from

Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)
by Van Morrison (1972)
• see lyrics here


21 responses to “Poem for a Friend”

  1. Carla Milho Avatar

    Oh thank you so much my dear friend, you are always so sweet and kind to me 😊 I can’t believe that I am 47 years old 😂😂😂because sometimes my brain has the age of a child 😁… I have like your poem very much and I have no words to thank you enough 😊have a great Sunday 🥳

    1. Phil Avatar

      You’re most welcome, my dear friend & thank you! I appreciate your kind words, and your beautiful smile always makes my day brighter!

      I wanted to climb inside a cardboard box wrapped as a gift, and sit at your doorstep. However, the Post Office said that I couldn’t ship myself through the mail. 😂 So, instead, I’m sending a kiss & best wishes for you on this special day. 😘 Happy 47th Birthday, dear Carla!!! 🥳🎉🎂🎁✨

    2. Filipa Moreira da Cruz Avatar

      Muitos parabéns Carla! 🎉🎉🎈🎈🎁🎁

      1. Phil Avatar

        Thank you, dear Filipa 🤗🌹

  2. Timothy Price Avatar
    Timothy Price

    Wonderful, thoughtful poem, Phil. Happy Birthday! Carla.

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks very much, Tim 👍

  3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    Oh what a sweet poem for Carla Phil! Happy Birthday Carla! I’ll come visit today❣️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you so much, my dear friend Cindy ~ have a great Sunday! 🤗🌹

      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        You’re so welcome dear Phil… my birthday’s coming hahaha you do the same❣️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, dear Luisa 🤗🌹

      1. luisa zambrotta Avatar

        My pleasure 🌹🌹🌹

  4. John Avatar

    At 47, she is still young, Happy Birthday to her! ☺️

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thanks John 👍

  5. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

    Oh my dear Phil, what a beautiful poetic tribute to your friend Carla. Sweet sentiments my dear friend. 👏🏼🎂🥳🙌🏼🍯

    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you so much, my dear friend Kym ~ wising you a wonderful Sunday! 🤗🌹

      1. Kym Gordon Moore Avatar

        You are certainly welcome my dear, dear friend. I love your inspiration behind composing this amazing tribute. Thanks for sharing your gift with all of us. 😊💖🍯✨🥰🌺🌞

  6. Dawn Pisturino Avatar

    Lovely poem, as always, dear Phil!

    1. Phil Avatar

      You’re a sweetheart, dear Dawn ~ thanks very much! 🤗🌹

  7. Blagica Avatar
    1. Phil Avatar

      Thank you, my dear friend Blagica 😇

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