June 25th

Fifty eight  – am I really that old

The very idea leaves me quite cold

I refuse to be wrinkly just wait & see

Botox, colonics & blue pills for me

Getting old – bollocks to that

Receding hairline I will just wear a hat

Hair grafts, massage, yoga as well

Ageing process  –  It can just go to hell

I shall grow disgracefully old one day at a time

Woo beautiful women long after my prime

Revel with Bacchus, burn the candle both ends

Take advantage of all that providence sends

There’s nothing else for it so down the line

Be a devilish rogue come fifty-nine

Ageing’s a process I refuse to do

I shall visit a parlour to get a tattoo

And if all else fails then a simple plan

To pretend I am a younger man

At sixty-three if I make it that far

I shall take up juggling & slide guitar

At seventy-two I’ll decide around then

To learn Japanese & practice Zen

At eighty-one I shall take up trapeeze

& visit the Congo to spot chimpanzees

At ninety-three I will take a train

To Siberia, Murmansk & back again

At ninety-four head to Salvador

Sample Caipirinhas, Carnival & plenty more

And when I reach one hundred and one

Pause for a while to bask in the sun

Then off to Shangri-La I’ll go

Trapsing through the mountain snow

Search out a monk in a temple there

Become a Buddhist and a tantric player

And then at last at a hundred & four

Re-incarnate for one life more

On my tombstone these words I will have inscribed

‘ Of life & love did he imbibe ‘

Then maybe etched in Sanskrit or Greek

( in letters carved out extra deep )

Don’t seek me here for I’m long gone

Possibly reincarnated in Babylon

Or I’m maybe a Camel or a Honey-Bee

Or a hairy Sloth hangin’ in a tree

Just to say I’m gone for sure

Such fun this life I’ve gone for more.

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