And this is why I lose my memories…

You guys know me – I try to be positive, to give you something hopeful or nice to read, but this was begging to be written as a response to the Daily Post prompt:


Happy birthday;
Now you’re coming of age.
Like your name, the number means
You and the rest are the same,
Because we like you in your box —
This age. not so sweet as they say.
Happy birthday (happy birthday)
You’ve been given away —
You just refuse to leave.
I gave you away,
You continue to breathe.
The rest walked away
And still you persist;
I refuse to believe you even exist.
(Happy birthday)
I’ll pretend you’re not there,
(Happy birthday)
Although you’re breathing my air;
(Happy birthday)
My life is just too short,
The ball is in your court.
I’m too busy for you.

This post was prompted by today’s Daily Post prompt.

75 other responses have posted to this prompt so far:

  1. Watering pots | Vintage Photography
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  3. Bert Was A Thief (short fiction) | The Jittery Goat
  4. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Under the Monkey Tree
  5. Daily Prompt: Sixteen « Vicariously Poetic
  6. Insert End of an Era Cliché Here | AS I PLEASE
  7. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | The Wandering Poet
  8. Inspiration of a Sixteen-year Old — A Haiku: Monday, January 20, 2014 |
  9. Sweet Sixteen | Geek Ergo Sum
  10. Not so Sweet Sixteen | Dance with the Rain
  11. Sixteen Candles and One Surprise Party | meanderedwanderings
  12. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  13. It’s been an extremely long time since I was sixteen | thoughtsofrkh
  14. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Vagabond
  15. Inside left blank for your own message | Kate Murray
  16. Sweet Sixteen – Quizmania | L5GN
  17. [M.M.X.I.V. 20] Hawai’i shirts | Never A Worry
  18. POEM: Sweet NOT Sixteen | Poetry by Nowelle
  19. 17 Again | Processing the life
  20. Was Hitler sweet at sixteen? | Mishe en Place
  21. Old and Wise… | Haiku By Ku
  22. Na segunda metade dos 15 | Sonhos desencontrados
  23. Sixteen Birthday | Flowers and Breezes
  24. Daily Prompt: Being Sixteen! | All Things Cute and Beautiful
  25. DP Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Sabethville
  26. Some Girls Got Mustangs/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  27. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  28. Not so sweet sixteen | A mom’s blog
  29. Daily Prompt – Sweet Sixteen – You can always have fun | storyofmylife1993
  30. | all my likes
  31. Opening the Doors of Perception | The Silver Leaf Journal
  32. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Poetry
  33. Sweet Sixteen | The Story of a Guy
  34. Sweet Sixteen – A letter to my 16 year old self | Stephen Chapman
  35. I’d Rather Remember My 39th Birthday
  36. Sweet sixteen | Sue’s Trifles
  37. The 5 worst pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten about high school | Never Stationary
  38. A Good Day to Celebrate | LenzExperiments
  39. Sweet Sixteen | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  40. Sweet sixteen, have you ever….. | bagofbuttons
  41. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Winging it
  42. My (Not-So-Super) Sweet Sixteen – Compass & Quill
  43. Bizarrely, strange… | Life as a country bumpkin…not a city girl
  44. Weekly Daily Prompt #2: … | The Degeneration of My Mind
  45. The Plan | Sunday Epidemic
  46. The love of my life? | Emotional Fitness
  47. Sixteen Suggestions. | Twenty-Four Problems
  48. Daily Prompt: Double Figure Eight | One Starving Activist
  49. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Basically Beyond Basic
  50. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | To Breathe is to Write
  51. Sweet Sixteen. | Babbleogue
  52. What Year was That? | An Easterly Direction
  53. 16 and I innocently walked home | The Seminary of Praying Mantis
  54. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Occasional Stuff
  55. Daily prompt: Bleak sixteen | helen meikle’s scribblefest
  56. Heartbreak Sweethearts | Reclaiming My Narnia
  57. Staying in Focus: Sweet Sixteen: The Bracelet | Staying in Focus
  58. Turning Sixteen: Chester Edition | Nodus Tollens
  59. Daily Prompt: Sixteen | Artful Homesteader
  60. Sixteen and Counting | Half Baked Log
  61. Writing Challenge: Sweet Sixteen | Miss Diaries
  63. Sweet Sixteen: A Daily Writing Prompt | 365 Days of Thank You
  64. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | A Room of One’s Own
  65. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Delicious Ambiguity
  66. My Surprisingly Super and Sweet 16 | I Didn’t Just Wake Up This Morning with a Craving
  67. Summer Rain | sunshine in winter
  68. Summer Rain | sunshine in winter
  69. Am I Getting Old? | djgarcia94
  70. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  71. Final Portfolio Part 3 of 5 – Creative Non-Fiction: My Bittersweet Sixteen | Not Like the Movies
  72. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | jane sleeps here
  73. It’s The Thought That Counts | The Dragon Weyr
  74. Sweet Sixteen? | adventures in adulting*
  75. Daily Prompt: Sweet Sixteen | Writing Canvas


  1. I like this. It feels so defiant and painful. It reminds me of my own feelings about my abuser. I don’t know when his birthday is, I just wish his influence in my life would disappear.

  2. Ugh this one hurt to read. I can only pray it’s imagination and not experience. The ups and downs of your posts, the range in topics and mood keep me coming back to see what happens next. I enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for a Liebster Award. I’m not certain if you accept awards, if not, please enjoy the compliment. If you do enjoy them, please follow the link to my post. You’ll be asked to nominate your favorite blogs/bloggers, answer my ten questions and then pass along ten of your own. Here’s my page:

  3. *sigh* I think I might get the intended meaning… that time in my life, right now, where everyone seems way too busy with the banality of their lives to be much of a friend.

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