I Am Seventy Plus

When I reached forty it seemed to me

It was a terrible age to be.

But as I look back, I recall

It wasn't a terrible age at all.

As the years seemed to fly

And fifty years passed me by -

Half a century - you can guess

I hated that age, I must confess.

The age of sixty brought great fear

But it turned into a wonderful year.

I quit regretting my age, at last,

And looked to the future instead of the past.

Now that I am seventy-three

Life is changing, I must agree.

But I don't worry as I used to do

Because my friends are aging, too.

Because I am seventy plus

I live without strife or fuss.

I've reached the Metallic Age, you see;

And this is what life has done to me:

Bits of gold shine when I smile,

My silver hair shows for a mile.

And now I find it hard to dance

Because of the lead that's in my pants.

- Myrtle Storm

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