This Side of 40

Time has the stealth of a jungle cat

the tiger never announces himself to his prey

that cat knows when to purr and when to pray and when to shut the fuck up

and let the shadows work their magic

and sixteen years ago I was on beach in Thailand mocking the age I just reached tonight

and anytime anyone asked me the time I’d look at my imaginary watch

and mock shock screaming

“Oh my God I’m forty!”

as though it was some kind of a joke.

Now I see this midnight side of forty

not to mock age

but hope to reach it.

Ageing never loses its timing

but it does lose its hair.

 

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “This Side of 40

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s