Saturday, March 25, 2006


From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw — I could not bring
My passions from a common spring —
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow — I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone —
And all I lov'd — I lov'd alone —
Then — in my childhood — in the dawn
Of a most stormy life — was drawn
From ev'ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still —
From the torrent, or the fountain —
From the red cliff of the mountain —
From the sun that 'round me roll'd
In its autumn tint of gold —
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass'd me flying by —
From the thunder, and the storm —
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view —
-Edgar Allen Poe-
Happy birthday to me..


Granny said...

Happy birthday to you Dimitri. Poe?

Think joyous please. Poe is many things but joyous isn't the first adjective that springs to mind.

Best wishes for many more.


Lesley said...

A most happy birthday to you Dimitri! May you have many happy years ahead of you!

I love Poe!

Lindsay Lobe said...

Happy birthday DA. You have expressed many interesting aspects to your life and Blogger thoughts in 6 months?

Poe was a literary Master but I understand he had an equally colourful life. He was expelled from Virginia Uni for unpaid gambling debts and deciding to join the US Army under an alias. He went on to WestPoint where he was discharged for dereliction of duties He then carved out a literary living with various magazines, and married his 13 year old niece who was later invalided. He was reported to suffer from depression and died at only 40years.

I think you can sense light and darkness in his beautiful poetry.

Bebe said...

Happy Birthday Dimitri! 37 was a wonderful age for me and my lucky number, too. Coincidentally, one of the names we are thinking of for our new dog was Annabelle Lee. But during the night the name Jadzia came to me and it's a fit.
I wish you luck and wonder , goodies and treats! BB

Bebe said...

Happy Birthday Dimitri! 37 was a wonderful age for me and my lucky number, too. Coincidentally, one of the names we are thinking of for our new dog was Annabelle Lee. But during the night the name Jadzia came to me and it's a fit.
I wish you luck and wonder , goodies and treats! BB

Ammey Kesarkar said...

Happy birthday to you Dimitri,
May all your dreams come true!

voixdange said...

Happy Birthday!

Lenren said...

Happy Birthday!

Poe is one of my favorites! Highschool opened my mind on 3 things...I was introduced to Edgar Allen Poe, I was taught French, and my fav-I read "Catcher in the Rye"
Happy Birthday again!

arulba said...

Happy, happy, happy birthday!

Blogger formerly known as JBlue said...

Happy Birthday, DA. I wish I had a real gift for you, but how's this? Enjoy!

Zee said...

Oh wow - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dimitri!
All the best for your future.

KaKe said...

Happy Birthday DA! Hope you had a wonderful day!!

Progressive Traditionalist said...

A very happy birthday to you, Dimitri, and many happy returns.

And remember that 37 is a prime number. Once again, you are in your prime!


Vee said...

Dimitri, Happy Birthday! Hope you celebrated well! :) Think positive thoughts.

Tina said...

I hope you have (had?) a great birthday. And may you celebrate many, many more in good health and happiness.

Worried said...

It is difficult to select one artist, one piece of artwork, one author, one poet as a favorite, but of poets, Poe was one of my favorites. I memorized many of his poems as a child and these many decades later can still recite most of The Raven, The Bells, Annabelle Lee, and am happy to say at least one of my grandchildren learned to love his poetry also.

The poem you selected for your birthday gives insight into the Dimitri Self.

Gary said...

Happy Birthday brother! May you have a year of contentment, creative tension, love and success in all you truly seek.

Dem Soldier said...

Happy Birthday Dimitri.

Angela said...

Happy Birthday.

Nova said...

Happy Birthday, my dear Dimitri.

Poe says it so eloquently.

Lisa said...

Bon anniversaire, Dimitri!!! :)

madcapmum said...

Happy Birthday, my venerable elder! ;-0!

A birthday has rolled its way round
But Dimitri can nowhere be found
For he's travelling far
In the air or a car
His readership more to astound!


A birthday cake
Is easy to make
But not easy to take just one slice

A virtual cake
Even easier to bake
G'wan, eat it all up - very nice!


Dimitri ages
Like a stone in the river
Exceedingly slow


Happy Snappy Birthday to you!
Happy Snappy Birthday to you!
Happy Snappy Birthday, Dimitri!
Happy Snappy Birthday to you!

And if I was doing this in person, you'd get a glimpse of my very best lounge lizard impression. Happy Birthday!

DA said...

Dear blogfriends, -brothers and -sisters. Thank you for your wishes, heartwarming comments, poems and virtual gifts.

I enjoyed it all very much. Sorry for my belayed response but it has been rather chaotic last days since our company is being taken over. Many meetings now and preparation for de-listing the current and organizing the new company. Have to run now..


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Nerdine said...

Hartelijk gefeliciteerd, D!

uhm.. Was that right?? *lol*
Gratulere med dagen!!

- Now I KNOW that's right anyways...

Hope you had a good day.. Not happy about the birthday? quoting Poe doesn't help... I love Poe's poetry, though..

Fouad said...

Happy belated birthday Dimitri! wish all the best always.


Mother Damnable said...

No way D!

My Birthday is the 23 !!!

Yip! Yip!

Happy Birthday!

Hippety Happety B'day and MANY HAPPY returns :>)

Matt said...

Sorry I missed your birthday but.. Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great one.

Poe is one of my favorite writers, deep, often times dark and very true.

cloudscome said...

Happy Birthday Dimitri! My youngest had his first birthday on the same day. GREAT DAY! Take some time off work please!

Blogger formerly known as JBlue said...

Anybody home?

Andie D. said...

Happy Birthday!

How was the celebration with your fam? Everything went well I hope.

JEFM said...

Happy Birthday Dimitri, may the gods guide your path and grant you what you wished for if its for your own good.


Lorraine said...

and a very happy very belated Happy Birthday Dimitri ;)