Natal Day Dactyls

February 5th is the anniversary of the dies natalis of Senex Caecilius. He started writing double-dactyls for the occasion around the turn of the millennium. This is a collection of those verses.


February Fifth

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Celebrates Natal Day
2001;
He is a typical
Zodiaquarian:
Shy and retiring once
This day is done



Twenty-nine: Third Time

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Celebrates Natal Day
2002;
He is a typical
Jack-Benny-birthday-boy,
Deep in denial and
Knowing it it, too.



Senex at Sixty

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Celebrates Natal Day
2003;
He is a typical
Sexagenarian,
Wizened and wiser, just
Happy to be.



Just Another Birthday

Marking the calendar
Senex Caecilius
Ticks off his Natal Day
2004;
He still delights in his
Double-dactlery...
Writing these verses is
Never a chore.



Add Another Notch

Thanking the deities,
Senex Caecilius
Celebrates Natal Day
2005;
He's ever mindful that
Sexagenarians
Ought to be thankful for
Being alive.



Sit up and Speak

Noting his Natal Day,
Senex Caecilius
Ponders a poem for
2006;
Once again opting for
Double-dactylery,
He doesn't try to teach
Old dogs new tricks.



Blow Out the Candles

Higgledy-Piggledy
2007 is
Shaping up nicely for
Senex's day;
Noting the 5th, he makes
Dies_natalis-like
Wishes for happiness,
Health here to stay.



Take a Deep Breath

Higgledy-Piggledy
2008 is a
Time to remember my
Birthday draws nigh;
Senex Caecilius,
Sexagenarian,
Adds to his age as he
Breathes a long sigh.



Tempus Fugit

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Contemplates natal day
2009;
Time flies so swiftly, he
Time-out-of-mindfully
Wasted a day just in
Penning this line.



Grin and Bear It

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Adds to his age again,
Two thousand ten;
He's unperturbed by the
Old-as-Methusalah
Gibe that's expected and
Borne with a grin.



The Squeaky Wheel

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Heard a great creaking as
Life turned the wheel;
Not what he thought, it was
Physiological...
Joints in his knees that he's
Starting to feel.



One More Time

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Contemplates birthdays in
Two thousand twelve;
"Not many more," he thinks
Semi-resignedly...
What lies ahead? He would
Rather not delve.



Shhh!

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Reaches a milestone in
Twenty-thirteen;
If you must know, he's a
Septuagenarian;
Please keep it quiet, for
He's not that keen.



Reflection

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Faces his birthday in
Twenty-fourteen;
Stares at a mirror where
Long-in-the-toothiness
Shows in his visage and
Sure spoils the scene.



So Long

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Ponders his future in
Twenty-fifteen...
He blames senescence on
Telomerectomy,
Hopes that his chromosomes
Don't lose a gene.



What Comes Next?

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Turns a year older in
Twenty-sixteen...
He starts to question, though
Quasi-rhetorically,
Is this the best year that
He's ever seen?



February 5, 2017

Higgledy-Piggledy
Senex Caecilius
Turns a year older at
This time of year;
Noting he's slipping, he
Mentally-mindfully
Thinks that it's into the
Skid he should steer.