Poetry of Kansas

Growing Young

Our Bible says I'm forty -eight,
      But sure as I'm alive
I'm growing young; so I'll assert
      I'm only forty-five.
For what is youth but love and joy,
      And hope that looks before?
Yes, I am growing young;--indeed
      I'm only forty-four.
At fifty I expect to be
      But forty, less or more;
At sixty, thirty. Every year
      I'll write the figure lower.
I cannot say just how 'twill end.
      In second childhood? What?
The logic's clear enough, but then,
      I think I'd rather not.
Too far ahead I I'll not surmise
      How it must end, at last.
Enough that now at forty-eight
      I'm growing young quite fast.

Quillings In Verse
John Edward Everett
(Smith Center: ___. 1912)
Page 104

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