We are not born to be born.
We do not celebrate birthdays
because being born is spectacular
(even if a birth is unusual)
but because of the life that springs
And a birthday will not matter if
there's no life to make the birth
the start of something brilliant
meaningful, memorable, wonderful
and no matter what it has become
and no matter modern life's take
I celebrate everything after the birth
of Christ on Christmas.
For if nothing happened after that,
it's a nice show for shepherds,
some good songs, a road trip
and a freak event (or maybe adultery).
But now we celebrate the birth
all these thousands of years later
because a birth only matters
as long as your life (and death) does.