The Bohemian Poet

A collection of personal poems and ideas forged through madness and creativity!

Going on 17!

Dearest Bohemians

Please take note that this blog post has been written over a course of 3 days from 7th January 2018- 9th January 2018. This also happens to be the first blog post for 2018!

Ladies, Gentlemen and Aliens. I present to you…

🎈🎉🎁 My Birthday Post  🎁🎉🎈


7 January 2018: My birthday is only tomorrow, the 8th, but that hasn’t stopped me from making a playlist on my phone with 17 songs that all have to do with my new age that arrives tomorrow, you guessed it, 17! I’ve got Dancing Queen by ABBA, Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks and 17 by Youth Lagoon playing to get me all psyched up for tomorrow. This playlist has already inspired me at only 5 songs in, so I decided to get up and write my birthday post. 😁 Here’s a preview of the songs on my Apple Music that you can enjoy if you’re also turning 17 sometime in the near future.

To be turning 17 means I’m not as naive as I was when I was 16, but I still get the chance to enjoy my youth, get up to mischief and be a little childish before I sell myself off to 18 and adulthood. It’s also the year that I can get my learners license and begin learning to drive. 17 is mostly the age they sing about in songs and make shitty movies about that star Zac Efron, but it’s a bittersweet year of teenage reminisce and I can’t wait to add this year’s memories to my wide collection that stands full.

Here are some photos from previous birthdays I’ve had in the last 16 years…

Please excuse the quality of some of these photo’s, technology was limited back in the early 2000s, and neither did my parents know how to properly function a camera. (You know the ones that still used film…🎞 )These photos are some of the better ones. 🙈💻📷

Here are some fun facts about how old I was when…

  • I started playing the piano at 8 years old and I’ve always been singing in the passage of my different houses or while doing dishes since, forever.
  • I joined Facebook just before I turned 14. In fact, I signed up two days before my birthday so everyone would wish me. 🙊🤦
  • I started school at 7 years old. Exactly 10 years ago.
  • I moved to Newcastle when I was 13, Germiston when I was 10, Krugersdorp when I was 9 and Welkom when I was 3.
  • I became an uncle at 16.
  • I started The Bohemian Poet at 16.
  • I was 14 when I bought my first CD, which was Now! 68.
  • I was 11 years old when BBM was still a thing, and 6 years old when the first iPhone came out.

Thank you for reading my first instalment of weird facts and photos. Now we wait for tomorrow… I’ve got some lovely things planned and I can’t wait to share it with you in two days time. Thank you for reading my prenup to the 8th of January!

That’s all I have for Birthday’s Eve… Til tomorrow!!! 😊😎🧜‍♂️


8 January 2018: So I’m officially 17!!! (Well, sort of. I was actually born at 12:30 pm, but whatever.) I woke up at the crack of dawn (like 4 am) because no matter how I old I get, my birthday will still excite me. I sat on my window sill and had a cup of milo, then when the clock struck 5 am, I went to go have a look on my phone. There were so far 8 messages, for the 8th of January! All from special friends, whose messages I really appreciate. Thank you. 🐛♥️️

I was born on Monday, so this is the first time since 2007 that’ll I’ll be celebrating my birthday on the same day of the week as I was born on. According to my mother, this time 17 years ago she was eating a muffin. Just thought you should know… 😂 I’m going to go make some more milo and listen to some music, so I’ll be back later. 🎈🎉🎁

Alrighty, I’m back! According to the clock (13:30) this time 17 years ago I would’ve been an hour old.

I had breakfast with my mom and just spent the morning in the mall. I went off to buy some things for my bedroom, and I also got the Harry Styles CD that I’ve been meaning to get for a while. Then I popped into Old Khaki to get a shirt for tonight that you’ll probably see in the next entry. I’m going for pizza tonight with a couple of friends so I can’t wait. 🍕image1

So far it’s been a lovely day, I had lots of people smile at me in the mall. I had some good friends come say hello… It’s also been nice to document it all on this blog so I can cringe at myself in a few years to come😂. I’ve really had such lovely poems and messages come in, and all I can say is that I’ve truly been blest with the world’s kindest friends. Especially Helen and the managers at Woolworths with their Low GI cucumber sandwiches🥒🥪. Thank you to everyone who has phoned me, messaged me, written on my Facebook and put me all over their WhatsApp statuses. It really means a lot and I love each and every one of you.

That’s all for now… If I don’t write later, I’ll be back to conclude this post tomorrow and that’s when everyone will read it. 😁

What an amazing birthday dinner to close off a lovely day. Storm, Amy, Lara and Mouse joined in my celebrations, and I quite honestly couldn’t have had better company. Weird conversations and all… 😬👀I had so much ice cream it’s not even funny. It was great to have the staff of Panarottis clapping and singing around like I usually do on my own. 🤓

I’m so grateful for all the warmth that I’ve had from everyone today and all the small blessings. Friendship is really so important. Thank you for making the day really special. One of the best in a long time!

IMG_5527IMG_5529IMG_5526

That’s all for the 8th of January 2018. Til next year…

Thank you, once again. 🐛♥️


9 January 2018: Good morning everyone.😊

It’s posting day today, and my three-day diary entry has now come to an end. Thank you for reading. I’m such a kid, I haven’t slept properly because I’ve been so excited. 😂🤦 So y’all know what I’ll be doing later. 😴

Yours in Madness.

The Bohemian Poet


5 thoughts on “Going on 17!

  1. Beulah Rajkumar says:

    You’re an inspiration of a 17 year old 🙂 Glad you had a great one!

    1. The Bohemian Poet says:

      Thank you Beulah! Much appreciated. ⭐️

  2. M says:

    17 is when you realise that though you are on the brink of adulthood you are still excited and happy about the endless possibilities life can bring. I am 50 already and I still dream. Dreams are potential realities. They do come true. Sometimes with a dash of fairydust but mostly through sheer determination. Never stop dreaming Doug. In between the dreaming listen, really listen to your heart, God’s voice and good common sense. Love you aunty M

    1. The Bohemian Poet says:

      Thank you for that inspiring message Aunty M. I truly value it ❤️

  3. kholeka says:

    We’re the same,birthdays are so exciting😂😂

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: