I should have seen it coming
but it took me by surprise.
Last year I turned fifty
so I’ve lived half my life.
If I live to be a hundred
or even ninety-nine
no one can deny it
I’m on the downhill side.
First I got a letter from the double A-RP,
they were looking for new members.
Can you believe
they wanted me?
Then I got another,
from the Social Security folks.
To inform me of my benefits,
is this some kind of joke?
Just yesterday I was eighteen
and I still feel the same.
One look in the mirror confirms it
my name’s the only thing that hasn’t changed.
There still are things I’d love to do
places yet to see.
More adventures to experience
before life’s done with me.
There are new drinks I’d like to sip
foods I’d like to try.
Better grab some gusto
before it all goes flying by.
I know we only get one shot –
one trip around the sun.
but if you work it right
you’ll be sad when it’s all done.
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