When?

When?

A Poem by Steve Kittell
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Thoughts at the memorial service of a centurion.

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If life begins at birth we know of no tomorrows.

If life begins at ten we know of no ends.

If life begins at twenty there’s still time a plenty.

If life begins at thirty it’s time to get flirty.

If life begins at forty it’s time to get naughty.

If life begins at fifty it’s getting kind of iffy.

If life begins at sixty, then have yourself a ball.

If life begins at seventy you had no life at all.

If life begins at eighty than you better take it easy.

If life begins at ninety then better you than me.

If life begins at a century it’s a life most never see.

Every days a surprise, every tomorrow’s a bet.

It doesn't matter where you start; it’s how far you get.

 

The End

 

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© 2014 Steve Kittell


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I like this poem very much. It spoke to me of getting on with life, of living it to the tulles. It also tells us that where there's life there's hope; and that, as long as there is life, there's still time to get on with it.

I do think it could use some punctuation, though. And, "than" should be "then" in the life at ninety line. May I also suggest that the "forty" line should be flipped to end with "forty" since it rhymes better with "flirty." It might read: "It's time to get naughty if life begins at forty."

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.




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Very good poem. A nice message to actually get out and live life. I recommend that you get rid of a couple of those "If life begins..." It is very repetitive and is dangerously close to obnoxious. As it is, it is a good read that is just a tad grating.

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I like this poem very much. It spoke to me of getting on with life, of living it to the tulles. It also tells us that where there's life there's hope; and that, as long as there is life, there's still time to get on with it.

I do think it could use some punctuation, though. And, "than" should be "then" in the life at ninety line. May I also suggest that the "forty" line should be flipped to end with "forty" since it rhymes better with "flirty." It might read: "It's time to get naughty if life begins at forty."

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Beautiful strong wanting spirited I want to live forever
Now I seen this poem, where did you get the inspiration
The spirit I love it.

Johnsonbobby

Posted 5 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Steve Kittell
Steve Kittell

In the shadow of Windmill Cottage, East Greenwich, RI



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Having suffered almost fifty years of writers block I'm back, picking up exactly where I left off, as a mischievous five year old. Current chidren's poems can be seen at: http://www.childrens-stori.. more..

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