Maybe I'll Fool Him, Too
I decided not to grow old 'gracefully',
but to fight old-age every inch of the way.
Twin-sets and blue rinses
are definitely not me!
When I fetch my pension
I wear mustard, with a floppy hat,
and 'hippy' sandals, that defy old-age.
Friends are puzzled and envious
as they lower their eyes
whispering worn-out cliches
like, 'mutton dressed as lamb',
while secretly marvelling
at my long dark curls
and girlish figure.
I've been thirty-six now, to everybody
for the past twenty years.
The remarkable thing is
that people really believe it !
I tell close friends that
I've bathed naked
in the fountain of Eternal Youth,
and the child, (disguised as an Optician),
that I'm too young for the Glaucoma test.
So when Death peers through the window
maybe I'll fool him, too,
and he'll pass by
powerless and perplexed.
Shirley Frances Winskill 1992