DPF / Berryman

For if it’s your birthday today, happy birthday to you, from The Dream Songs.

from Dream Song #112 / by John Berryman

I say again, It is my Lady’s birthday
which must be honoured, for her high black hair
but not for that alone:
for every word she utters everywhere
shows her good soul, as true as a healed bone,–
being part of what I meant to say.