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31 All-Occasion Poems to Write in a Greeting Card

Timothy is a Christian who enjoys creating visual art and writing. He has a B.S. in psychology.

Whatever the occasion may be, a short poem might be the perfect way to express your feelings.

Whatever the occasion may be, a short poem might be the perfect way to express your feelings.

Greeting Card Poems

It can be difficult to come up with something original to write inside a store-bought greeting card. In the end, you search and search the cards for something that sounds close to your sentiment, but often, you can’t find a card you like. All the poems and one-liners in this article are offered to you to help you express your true feelings. I hope you enjoy them!

How to Present These Wishes to a Friend or Family Member

  • Get them printed on a special birthday balloon.
  • Create a birthday card and insert one or more of the poems inside.
  • Tell your friend in person by reading them one or more of the poems.
  • Text one or more of them to your friend or family member.
  • Create a meme for social media.
  • Print your favorite poem on a tee shirt or some other item and give it to them.
  • Put the words to music—maybe a tune you already know.
  • Post them on their social media pages.
  • Use them as a prompt to create a longer version of your own.

Life is a poem just waiting to be written.

— Susie Clevenger

1. "Starting Over"

And the work begins
To try and rebuild a life
So torn asunder
May feel completely broken
New life means starting over

Though sadness remains
Love will guide your heart on through
In this time of loss
Keep the memories of them
Close forever and always
Sorry for your loss

2. "Giving"

Giving to others
A heartfelt outward message
Of an internal
Selflessness to help others
No matter the cost to you

Hope you like your gift this year
Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas

3. "Friend"

True friend eternal
Two hearts beat as one true heart
Love for the other
There no matter what may come
In the good times and the bad
Thank You For Being My Friend

4. "Younger"

Hey there younger me
I really want to tell you
Get set for a ride
Some days it will be bumpy
But the joy outweighs the bad
Happy Birthday

5. "Halloween"

A spooky dark night
Is mostly enjoyable
At times it’s a pain
But in the end is a smile
When you see the candy you got
Happy Halloween

6. "The Golden Years"

Let me just tell you
The Golden years are the best
The best for seeing
All the things you used to do
Caused all the pains you have now
Happy Birthday

7. "Tenderness"

What is tenderness
But the softness of spirit
Gentleness of heart
The love we show to others
When they need it most of all
So sorry for your loss

8. "Blue"

When softness of day
Turns to the sadness of night
The heart is low cast
The sun no longer shines bright
You have a case of the blues
Remember I’m Always There For You

9. "A Special Poem"

What are a few lines
Written down on the blank page
To give joy to others
Bring a smile to many faces
It is a poem of course
A poem just for you
To wish you a (Insert Happy Birthday or Merry Christmas)

10. "The Other Side"

It’s right over there
Where I really need to be
Just right over there
The other side of the road
Just need the light to turn green
Then we can celebrate another year
Of you still being older than me
Happy Birthday

11. "Stayin' Alive"

When life drags slowly on
There are things which must be done
To bring life some joy
Help to make each day livable
Help keep you stayin' alive

12. "Who Are You Not"

To find who you are
You must do one simple thing
Look in the mirror
Of the life you’ve lived so far
To find out who you are not
Happy Birthday

13. "Text"

A few more typed words
In response to typed words
Back and forth and forth
Instead of using the phone
Texting is the new talking

14. "Charlie Brown"

A little bald boy
Touched the hearts of many
Inspired many more
To be who they were meant to be
Despite all the obstacles
He showed us all the joy
Of just being with friends

15. "Happy Days"

Life has it’s sad days
Life has days which are happy
The key to living
Is to learn from the sad days
So you have more happy days

16. "Retired"

Not yet retired
But counting down all the days
Until the day comes
You can stop working full time
You can be quote retired
Hope you have a good retirement

17. "Monday Morning"

A Monday morning
A beginning to the week
Off to work you go
Trying to pay for your keep
The drudgery never ends
But on this Monday
We also get to celebrate
Your retirement

18. "Walking to the End"

Life seems like a race
But it is a walk to the end
A stroll down the lane
One step until the very last
Enjoy the walk to the end
Happy Birthday

19. "The Fence"

The fence between us
Keeps two hearts from touching
Keeps love from growing
We need to tear down the fence
Let the love from within flow

20. "The Long Hello"

Hello not one word
But moments spent together
Where two become friends
And friends become much closer friends
Till time and death break the bond

21. "Leaving Me Behind"

Leaving me behind
Is what life is all about
Seeking to insure
Being remembered always
When the time comes and you’re gone
Thank you for your great friendship

22. "The Gift of Tomorrows"

Tomorrow may come
Of course it may not arrive
Each day is a gift
Given to you to enjoy
So count each as precious

23. "Kelly and Ryan"

Each weekday morning
A talk show watched by millions
Kelly and Ryan
Fans enjoy their bantering
The guests and the things they do

25. "On Being Southern"

On being Southern
Don’t you disparage the South
They are good people
Most friendly as all git out
Welcome you with a big hey

26. "Rolling The Ball"

The ball rolls along
Picking up speed as it goes
Spinning, spinning round
Merrily it rolls downhill
Until a toe stops its roll

27. "Reason"

Always a reason
To do what we like to do
Seldom do you choose
To do the hard things in life
Like help those we see in need

28. "Birthday"

It's my birthday time
Another year passed me by
The next year ahead
A year of total unknowns
Hope is better than the last

29. "Sleep"

I need me some sleep
In a soft comfy warm bed
Head on a pillow
Close my eyes off to dreamland
Until I feel so rested

30. "The End"

End of a poem
Can be so sad to write
Knowing all the time
You put into creation

31. "Starting Over"

And the work begins
To try and rebuild a life
So torn asunder
May feel completely broken
New life means starting over

It is more blessed to write you own poems than to buy a card with someone else’s words in them.

— Timothy Whitt

All-Occasion One-Liners

  • Hey, it's your birthday! I would’ve gotten you a gift, but they were out of over-the-hill apparel.
  • We wish you a merry Christmas (but not too merry—because at your age, you might hurt yourself).
  • Happy Halloween! I really like your costume. What . . . you’re not wearing one? Well, it is still a good-looking costume.
  • It is hard to find another friend like you. Believe me, I tried and tried, but you're still the best friend I have.
  • Valentine's Day comes but once a year. It’s a good thing, too, because I couldn’t afford it more than one day a year.
  • Do you have any idea how hard it is to find you a gift you’ll like? I’m still looking.
  • I think buying gifts is a superficial way of expressing . . . what? Yes, it means you’re not getting a gift this year.
  • I got you candy and flowers for Valentine's Day last year. This year, I decided to give you something you always wanted—another candy-filled heart and some flowers.
  • If the card looks familiar, it is the same one you gave me last year. I’m into recycling.
  • Thank you for being my friend. It is wonderful to hang with someone who I don’t have to bribe.

© 2020 Timothy Whitt


Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on November 07, 2020:

Thank you Brenda. I appreciate the wonderful comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 07, 2020:

This is always a thoughtful way to give someone something special.

I usually try to write a few words or a poem and put it inside each card or I simply send one as a text message.

People really do love to receive these unique gifts from your heart.

Nice writing.

Timothy Whitt (author) from New Jersey on November 07, 2020:

Thank you

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on November 07, 2020:

Thank you for sharing these all occasion poems, Tim. I am sure many people will find them useful.