Happy Birthday Haiku!


Birthday eighty-five;

My dear Dad-in-law, Ernie,

Is still going strong.


Of this special occasion

Is my haiku theme.


Here’s some history:

Nineteen twenty-three,

A cute kid was born.

Too soon, hard years came;

To support mom, brother, sis

Child worked as a man.

Nineteen forty-one:

He fought bravely in Europe

When World War II raged.

The soldier came home;

Life as a student ensued.

The aim? Social work.

Married a fine wife;

She’s still the love of his life

Through thick and through thin.


Retired thirty years.

Do you think he stopped working?

This man’s been BUSY.

The World Class sailor

Built the boats, and sailed ’em, too;

Now makes ship models.

Carving tool in hand,

Depicts crusty old captains

Who all look like him!


Have a happy day!

Happy Birthday to you, Dad,

With love, from us all.


For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

14 Responses to “Happy Birthday Haiku!”

  1. Your ‘ku will be his best present, I’m sure. Love the old pictures.

  2. Tumblewords says:

    Awesome birthday tribute!

  3. Joyce says:

    Thank you all so much for your sweet comments and well-wishes for Dad Taron. I’m hoping Mom reads this and points it out to him. (She’s the one who loves the internet at their house.) 🙂