On the Last Two Days of Being Forty

On the last two days of being forty
and thus only slightly past the point of no return
I shall eat chocolate cookies
as if that wasn’t really bad for me
and treat my muscles
like the muscles of a twenty year old

I shall write stories
and poetry
and probably something related to my paying job
and then almost touch my toes
because I can still do that

I shall not mention the kids these days
because I am one of the kids these days
yes I am
you can’t say I’m not
now watch me get off your lawn

I shall read hundreds of books
and save hundreds of whales
and commune with hundreds of dolphins
and then I shall stand in the rain
and feel profound things about the universe

Once I turn forty-one
I’ll probably be quite tired
and will spend the next year
watching Netflix or something

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