For your birthday, this year, many lines I have shown.
Each line shows a year, for right or for wrong
Some are uneven, and some a full measure
Some are just perfect, artistic and fine,
But taken together not viewed just in part,
I had just written "Happy Birthday, Dad" on the envelope of his birthday card, and then decided to surround that with 70 lines… one for each of his 70 years. It sort of turned out to resemble a heart, and that inspired this poem. The "line drawing looked like this:
A Line For Dad's Seventieth
Original poetry (and art)