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.



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