by Eric Ode
At the pirate’s birthday party
there are streamers and balloons.
The guests are wearing party hats
and singing birthday tunes.
They’re playing Toss the Cannonball
and Pirate Hide and Seek
and games of Pin the Cracker
to the Purple Parrot’s Beak.
The birthday guest of honor
has the special birthday chair.
His clothes are almost kind of clean.
He even combed his hair.
He’s blowing out the candles
as he makes his birthday wish
on squid and seaweed birthday cake
with frosting made of fish.
Copyright © 2012 Eric Ode. From the book When You’re a Pirate Dog: And Other Pirate Poems. Pelican Publishing Company. Reprinted by permission of the author.
Eric Ode is a children’s author, an award-winning songwriter, and a widely anthologized poet. Ode provides high-energy workshops and assemblies for schools throughout the United States and internationally. He lives in Washington state with his wife and two children.