Clever Birthday Poems

With clever birthday poems, like the clever poems for birthdays here, you can give friends and family a thoughtful, happy birthday more ways than one.

Nothing does "clever" quite like a poem. By its very nature, poetry is clever all on its own, so the choice is endless (when you really think about it).

But what makes clever birthday poetry? From my experience I would say a mixture of joy and wonder: joy for the "happy" in your happy birthday and wonder for the "clever" side of life that makes you wonder (something you know the birthday boy or girl will love on his/her special day).

Don't know if you're ready to make your pick? It wouldn't hurt you (and could only help you) to take a minute or less to check out Message Guy Tip #97 (right below).

Message Guy Tip #97:
How to select clever birthday poems

With birthday poems, you may not want to be too clever. It's never a good idea to merely impress the birthday boy or girl with your cleverness. You probably want to make him or her feel very special and excited by your birthday brain teaser. So what's "too clever"? First... Read more ►

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By Message Guy

We are friends with no agenda,
Free to lay bare our real selves,
Fragments never exposed to light,
Hidden caverns for our souls to dwell.

Our love for each other sustains us,
A lifelong bond sets us apart,
Ours are the ties that liberate,
Tuned to the strings of our hearts.

Best friends for life are forever rare,
Unlucky souls do not find even one,
We the fortunate know where to look,
Between night and the searching sun.

Happy birthday!

By Message Guy

Happy birthday!

Your petals are slightly wilted,
But the sun still shines on you,
Your stem has withered somewhat,
Still your stature comes right through.

Although your roots are showing,
You yourself aren't six feet under,
And even if you're ripening,
Your sweet fruit is like no other.

This poem is "a priceless gift" for your friends. It's a wonderful way to let them know just how special they are to you. It's clever in one major way... Read more ►

By Helen Steiner Rice

Friendship is a priceless gift,
That can't be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater,
Than a mountain made of gold. 

For gold is cold and lifeless,
It cannot see nor hear,
And in your times of trouble,
It is powerless to cheer. 

It has no ears to listen,
No heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort,
Or reach out a helping hand. 

So when you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful that he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls or riches,
But the love of a real, true friend.

By Message Guy

Happy birthday!

One more candle on your cake,
That's no reason to frown or pout,
You have the strength to make a wish,
And blow all your candles out.

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By Message Guy

It's birthday time once again,
Your trip into the unknown,
When the road calls you from afar,
To a destination for you alone.

You shift gears to make the journey,
Ready to face another uphill climb,
Once over the hump you may coast,
And get to your destination on time.

Stop staring impatiently at the clock,
Savor each moment of your ride,
Don't wait until the end to look back,
Keep your eyes open all the time.

Nobody knows how far you'll go,
Your journey may be short or long,
The length of your trek matters not,
It's on the road that you belong.

Happy birthday!

By Message Guy

When your life comes to an end,
And you take your final breath,
Your riches won't matter much,
A legacy is all you'll have left.

May you find joy in your final hours,
From a life well lived and well shared,
That you left the world a richer place,
Because you cared enough to care.

Still you have many days to ponder,
What you should leave here on earth,
Whatever gives you lasting joy,
And gives your life true net worth.

Happy birthday!

Yes, another poem by Helen Steiner Rice. I couldn't resist. Essentially, I felt compelled to pick Another Chance as one of my favorite clever birthday poems for this section. And there's a good reason for this choice... Read more ►

By Helen Steiner Rice

Often we wish for another chance,
To make a fresh beginning,
A chance to blot out our mistakes,
And change failure into winning.

It does not take a new day,
To make a brand new start,
It only takes a deep desire,
To try with all our heart.

To live a little better,
And to always be forgiving,
And to add a little sunshine,
To the world in which we're living.

So never give up in despair,
And think that you are through,
For there's always a tomorrow,
And the hope of starting new.

Happy birthday!

Need something a little cleverer?
See more clever birthday poems here...


I wish you bright mornings,
And warm, sunny days,
Soft shade to cool you,
From sweltering rays,
Raindrops, a few,
From some cloud floating by,
Rainbows thereafter,
To color your sky,
Rambling rivers,
And great shining seas,
Mountains and forests,
With towering trees,
Hillsides and valleys,
All flower-festooned,
Nature that nurtures,
Whomever's attuned,
A faithful companion,
Who'll stay by your side,
Children to care for,
To love and to guide,
Enough work to do,
With enough time for play,
Then restful sleep,
At the close of the day,
Friends when you need them,
And when they need you,
Something to spend,
Just as much as will do,
A heart full of laughter,
Perhaps a few tears,
Faith you can follow through,
All of your years,
Then, fearlessly,
Facing your last setting sun,
As you contemplate all,
The deeds you have done,
Recalling a life,
That's been more than worthwhile,
Perhaps you will pause,
And give thanks with a smile.

Happy birthday!

This is one of those clever birthday poems that can be about so many things, none of which have really nothing to do with birthdays. However, it does have one distinct message that would be perfect for a certain type of birthday girl or boy. Read more ►

By Nixon Waterman

If I knew you and you knew me,
If both of us could clearly see,
And with an inner sight divine,
The meaning of your heart and mine.

I'm sure that we would differ less,
And clasp our hands in friendliness,
Our thoughts would pleasantly agree,
If I knew you and you knew me.

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By Message Guy

My friends are many,
Much more than a few,
But no one measures up,
To a friend like you.

Many have my back,
Hearts loyal and true,
But nobody comes close,
To a friend like you.

I'm good to my friends,
The first to come through,
But I'll never compare,
To a friend like you.

Happy birthday!

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Kevin, the "Message Guy" who writes the birthday wishes, quotes, poems, toasts and speeches for this site, has been a professional writer, editor and translator for more than 25 years. He decided to create in 2012 to share his passion for famous quotes on the best day of the year — your birthday.


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