Birthday Toast: February 29 by C. J. Dennis

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Here's to all happy people born
   On February twenty-nine.
Tho' thro' four years they wait forlorn
   For their next natal day to shine
They've this o'er ordinary folk
Each date revives an ancient joke.

And Dad, whose years are eighty-four,
   Born in a leap year, heaps disdain
On those, who count him old and hoar.
   And chuckles, "Why should I complain?
My bright young life has just begun,
Why, man, I've just turned twenty-one!"

First published in The Herald, 29 February 1928

Author reference sites: C.J. Dennis, Austlit, Australian Dictionary of Biography, Australian Poetry Library

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