Life Begins at 40 (On my 40th B’day)

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With age everything gets thicker
The waistline, glasses and the shirt-fit
But then you realize – as you stare at your wife –
What a blessing age is, after all, all you have to do
Is to look at the her hips and buttocks
To realize that age is a miracle worker
After all that skinny girl you married
Has now become a little bit of eye candy
– Perhaps even helped a little by your glasses’ refraction
After all being 40 is no handicap
It’s just when age becomes a little slope-like
And you try to find your brakes to slow you down
When the only mid-life crisis is to figure out
When to start taking the blue pill
And that groovy kind of love – is unlike any Phil Collins’s song
It makes you shake her with force – knowing no eggs are inside
When you realize you’re superman in bed
And that blue pill has more life than an ocean
Taking you to magical places
Only Sinbad has been before


Published by

meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld.

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