How to Find a Funny 50th Birthday Poem

by Nate Lee

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Your friend or relative is hitting the mid-century mark and you want to make it even more memorable with a bit of poetry. Finding a poem on the Internet is as easy as typing in the search terms. If you read enough poems but still can't find the one you want, perhaps you will be inspired by the masters to write one yourself.

Vary Your Search Terms

If you can’t find what you are seeking with search terms such as, “funny 50th birthday poems,” change the search terms. Be less specific, with terms such as, “getting old,” “over the hill” or “being old poems.” If you happen to be over 50, find a funny poem about being young or “a fair-haired youth,” and you will surprise everyone. Combine a poem with a particularly apt quote about growing old.

Search by Author

Search by authors who are funny poets. Dr. Seuss has a book called, “You’re Only Old Once! A Book for Obsolete Children.” Read parts of it and then give it as a gift. Shel Silverstein and Ogden Nash are well-known humorous poets. Less contemporary poets who could be funny include William Shakespeare, John Donne, Geoffrey Chaucer and Edward Lear. If all else fails, use the lyrics to a song about getting old. Reciting even serious song lyrics as a poem can be hilarious.

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About the Author

Nate Lee was senior editor of Chicago's "NewCity" newspaper and creative director in a global advertising agency. A playwright and published poet, Lee writes about the arts, culture and business innovation. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Tulane University.