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BY KEVIN NISHMAS | UPDATED: NOV. 20, 2020
Tasty little cupcakes,
All lined up in a row,
Saluting a special someone,
Someone I love so.
Hope you enjoy your birthday,
May each moment be kind to you,
You deserve to know happiness,
And see your wishes all come true.
Today is a reminder,
You're so special to me,
I'm so glad I know you,
Happy may your birthday be.
Birthdays are a blessing in disguise,
The greatest gift around,
May you receive this gift for years,
May your birthday blessings abound.
Count each birthday as a miracle,
Forget the candles on your cake,
Every special day you celebrate,
Adds up to the difference you make.
We've been friends for a long time,
So I'm just so delighted to express,
You are my absolute dearest friend,
Happy birthday and all the best.
You nurtured me when I was younger,
You catered to all my needs,
I'm so very thankful to you.
You mean the world to me.
I still remember the old days,
When we were under one roof,
Our birthdays were small affairs,
You and I were such goofs.
We'd sit around the kitchen table,
You used to cut the birthday cake,
If you took too big of a piece,
I'd smear it all over your face.
Today again that day has come,
It's your special day of the year,
I brought a cake to celebrate you,
And cover your face ear to ear.
I traveled many miles to be here,
I came from a distant place,
Let's make your birthday special,
Once again for old time's sake.
Your birthday comes once a year,
Today is a special time for you,
You should have only special things,
One simple wish just wouldn't do.
So I wish you all the stars in the sky,
A beam of light to show you the way,
All the love and joy in the world,
Starting now on your birthday.
At our age, life's so sweet,
Even sweeter because of you,
You've been a shoulder to lean on,
A friend through and through.
You're in my heart now and always,
My regard for you grows every day,
Your sweet song is music to my soul,
Nothing sweeter's ever come my way.
Birthdays come and go too fast,
Too quick to appreciate,
Today's your birthday once more,
The perfect time to celebrate.
Let's raise a glass to you and yours,
Let's commemorate your big day,
You're the finest person I know,
May you stay blessed in every way.
Happy birthday, my dearest friend,
To me, you're heaven sent,
No matter what comes my way,
You're there to the fullest extent.
I've never known a kinder soul,
Your spirit is brighter than ever,
You have the grace of an angel,
Even through the stormiest weather.
A better friend I've never had,
Your word is tried and true,
So today I say with all my love,
There's nobody finer than you.
"Happy birthday" means I love you,
And you're very special to me,
It means you make me so proud,
There's nothing you cannot be.
"Happy birthday" means I'm thankful,
For all you do and who you are,
It means you need only call my name,
And I'll be there for you near or far.
Grandpa, you're simply amazing,
You're gentle, loving and kind,
You're there when I need you,
I'm so very glad you're mine.
Happy birthday, Grandpa!
You are one in a billion.
The only true hero for me,
And all your grandchildren.
Birthday wishes are from deep down,
Mine is from the bottom of my heart,
I wish you the happiest of birthdays,
Full of love and joy from the start.
Hope your special day is truly special,
May it be your best celebration yet,
With lots of laughs and looking back,
A party too amazing to ever forget!
Hope you live a rewarding life,
Full of joy, wonder and health,
With riches that go beyond gold,
And trinkets the least of your wealth.
May every wish you've ever made,
Make all your dreams come true,
May the love you give return tenfold,
Bringing the birthday gifts you're due.
May your special day be sunny,
Not a cloud in the sky all day long,
May all you wish for today go right,
And nothing you need go wrong.
Happy birthday, my beloved friend,
You deserve the very best in life,
May you be given the perfect day,
With no stress, no pain and no strife.
There's one gift you cannot buy,
A buried treasure precious and true,
It's the gift of a close, kind friend,
Exactly what I have in you.
We've shared each other's joys,
And cried on each other's shoulders,
These are our precious moments,
That make us stronger, even bolder.
So I wish you "Happy birthday,"
With all my heart and soul,
We'll be best friends forever,
Two halves of one fabulous whole.
To you I just want to say,
Happy birthday, my dearest friend,
You are truly my partner in joy,
What we have here will never end.
You make me smile,
Even when I'm blue,
You can change night into day,
With the magic that you do.
So I wish you a special day,
And gift after gift filled with glee,
May they come wrapped with a bow,
For a birthday so alive and free.
There's something very sad,
A very upsetting thought indeed,
For those without a true friend,
Just like you are to me.
I will tend your garden,
I will pull out the weeds,
I will make your birthday special,
I will do anything you need.
I will send you my warmest wishes,
So all your wildest dreams come true,
There's nothing I wouldn't give,
To a wonderful person like you.
You know me so well,
But you like me anyway,
You have always stuck by me,
And only had nice things to say.
Now I want to return your love,
And tell you why you're so cool,
It’s because you're a great friend,
A rock when the world is cruel.
You’re the best friend I've ever had,
You make me laugh when I'm low,
Now that it's your special birthday,
I just thought you should know.
My mother always told me,
What to say and what to do,
But my mother never told me,
I'm guessing she never knew,
What joy and peace it would bring,
To have a best friend like you.
You can never have too many pals,
And although that may be quite true,
I wouldn't trade one hundred friends,
For the friendship I have with you.
Best wishes on your birthday.
I can't believe you're older than me,
Your face glows so very bright,
You look amazing for your age,
You must be doing something right.
Have a wonderful birthday!
Thank you for all the good times,
May life bless everything you do,
I will always cherish your kindness,
Happy, happy birthday to you.
Happy birthday, Mom.
This message is just for you.
I want give you a big thanks,
For everything you do.
You cuddled me when I was small,
Picked me up when I would fall,
Showered me with love and praise,
I love you more every day,
Now it's time to celebrate,
The best Dad in every way.
You've had my respect forever,
And my admiration for all you do,
Happy birthday, my true hero,
Nobody is quite like you.
I'm pretty busy,
I’m always on the go,
I get myself in little jams,
As you surely know.
But it's your birthday,
And you may not have a clue,
Because I rarely say out loud,
I think the world of you.
So today I'm going to tell you,
It's important that you know,
I really do appreciate you,
Even though it doesn’t show.
Moms can be so huggable,
Now and then cruel to be kind,
Incredibly honest to a fault,
Amazingly right all the time.
That’s how you show your love,
When I need you to be there,
Thank you very much, Mom,
For all your love and care.
If I could be one thing in life,
I know just what I would be,
I would be brave like you,
Your courage inspires me.
I'd bake the grandest cake for you,
If only I could bake,
I'd send you a nicely wrapped gift,
But I have no tape.
I'd arrange a party for you,
But I don't have the space,
I'd cook you a lavish meal,
But I don't have any plates.
Maybe in the coming years,
I could do all those things for you,
In the meantime, happy birthday.
May your craziest wishes come true!
When I was young,
I looked up to you,
Now that I'm older,
I gladly still do.
Your bravery makes me brave,
Your wisdom makes me wise,
You make me want to be better,
Especially in your eyes.
You and I have a long history,
We go back a long way,
I want to be like you at your age,
You're the Dad I'd have picked,
If I'd been able to choose,
With a Dad as great as you,
I surely could never lose.
You've always been there for me,
All through these years,
So best wishes, Dad,
And lots of birthday cheer.
I have so many great memories,
From all our times in the past,
So many things to appreciate,
Everything is going too fast.
I'm thankful you're still around,
And I'm very grateful too.
Have a happy birthday,
I wish only the best for you.
When I'm with you, Dad,
I enjoy our quality time,
I love every second,
Every moment shines.
I'm so glad you're my Dad,
I wouldn't have it any other way,
You're so special to me,
Have a wonderful birthday.
I know I was a handful,
At times a little much,
But you always guided me,
With your gentle touch.
And now that I'm older,
I think I'm much wiser,
But I have my doubts,
I still need you as my advisor.
Happy birthday, little princess,
You're lovelier than the reddest rose,
Minute by minute I love you more,
The truest love of all, for all I know.
Have a special day, sweet daughter,
I want to see you smile ear to ear,
Birthdays are meant to be celebrated,
And yours is the event of the year.
We'd really like to tell you how much,
We love being your Mom and Dad,
You're such a wonderful, kind person,
The finest child anybody's ever had.
We wish you the best of the best,
May the dreams you prize come true,
But whatever hand you're dealt,
Know we're already so proud of you.
You make my life happy-go-lucky,
Laughter's in the air when you're near,
I'm so lucky to be in your orbit,
May your birthday be full of cheer.
Friends come in all shapes and sizes,
Some are toxic through and through,
Most are nice enough in small doses,
But nobody is quite like you.
You're in a league all your own,
A gem far off the beaten path,
Everything you are stuns me,
And keeps me coming back.
On the day you arrived,
The sun began to shine,
The stars twinkled up above,
The world stopped for a time.
You're just so adorable,
More beautiful every day,
We will cherish you forever,
In every possible way.
Having a son is spectacular.
Having a son is grand.
Having a son brightens your day,
Especially when he becomes a man.
Happy birthday, son!
My life is filled with real joy,
When I think of days gone by,
The moment my precious little girl,
Became the apple of my eye.
I remember the happy times,
Each a cherished memory,
Here's to you, sweetheart,
And all our days yet to be.
Happy birthday, little girl,
Everything you do is such a delight,
From your hugs, giggles and laughs,
To your precious kisses goodnight.
We love to see you romp to and fro,
Learning, growing, always at play,
You brighten up our lives so much,
Life is all one blessed sunny day.
I can still see you asleep in your crib,
At the table wearing your little bib,
And though you're out in the world,
You are still my special little girl.
We've become the closest of friends,
Yet our bond just continues to grow,
You're now a major part of my life,
The truest friend I've ever known.
For your birthday and beyond,
I sincerely wish for you,
All the happiness in the world,
And inner peace that's warm and true.
A very happy birthday,
And special kudos to you,
You do incredibly well,
At whatever you choose.
I wish you continued success,
May all your plans turn to gold,
I'm so proud of you, my son,
Your courage is something to behold.
I've always tried to protect you,
I've never wanted you to feel alone,
But you've grown up and moved out,
And have done just fine on your own.
I'll always be there if you need me,
But I know you'll only power through,
Have a very happy birthday,
A special day as special as you.
Sentimental birthday poems are the best birthday messages to write if you want to go beyond "classic" birthday wishes.
Poems, by their very nature, are perfect as sentimental birthday greetings. Poetry lends itself beautifully to any message of love, compassion and nostalgia, three key ingredients of great sentimental birthday poems.
Your goal is to write the sentimental birthday poems that come closest to the birthday message you want to convey and, more importantly, resonate most with the birthday boy or girl.
Sentimental birthday poems are naturally the most heartwarming of all the poems you can send. If "heartwarming" is the route you want to take, you're in the right place.
The big question: how sentimental do you want to go with your sentimental birthday poems? Before you even try to answer that very important question, you should consider why you want to go the "heartwarming" route in the first place.
If you're like most people, it's probably because you consider sentimental birthday poems a safe bet. There's no denying it, that's a major plus. This route definitely prevents what most birthday message givers dread: offending or underwhelming the birthday boy or girl. That said, it's almost impossible to insult anyone with sentimental birthday poems.
More than anything else, people write sentimental birthday poems because this type of birthday message allows them to fully express their feelings for their loved ones, showing how much they care about them and, along the way, making them feel special.
The only negatives here? For some people, “sentimental” birthday poems may cause some discomfort. And by "people" I don't just mean the birthday boy or girl — I mean you, too. If you don't like to be touchy-feely, don't go this route.
So how do you write sentimental birthday poems? You need to look at two critical factors:
Bearing in mind these factors should lead to sentimental birthday poems with the right amount of sentimentality for you and your loved ones.
The only other thing you need to know is how to tell if a poem is any good. What makes a good poem? For me, it's all about speaking the truth through words. For dailywritingtips.com, a good poem paints "a picture with carefully chosen words. It should have a point that a reader unknown to the poet can respond to."
For more poetry writing tips, take a moment to read this article right now.
Bottom line: Write sentimental birthday poems for your loved ones if you're certain that they like heartfelt messages.