Paeans - and Aches

over the years

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Older

Having, reluctantly, concluded
that i am now too old—
we will draw the veil
over questions of ability, please—
to become

an engine driver,
pilot,
Olympic champion
or matinee idol,

and

knowing one cannot learn to

carry a tune,
fly,
visit new planets,
or be dimpled,

and

having ticked off:

snowball fight,
river running,
being published,
being on stage,
and dancing,

i look now
to my remaining ambitions.

To climb a mountain,
to swim once in every sea
to start a religion,
to be tough enough
to intimidate my daughters’ admirers,
to write words that you wished you had.

That should keep me busy.

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