I sip my morning coffee from an enormous mug,
green as a freshly cut Christmas tree,
its huge black letters boldly questioning,
“How the $%@*& did I get to be 50?”
A gift from my funny daughter
for a very special birthday.
A melancholy smile lights up my face
as I gaze at this whimsical reminder
of how time has passed as a dream.
Leaving me with an empty nest, creaky knees
and the realization that I am getting old.
Fifty years gone, poof, just like that.
Time is the sneak thief of our existence,
robbing us of our childhood, our youth,
a kleptomaniac stealing away our lives
bit by bit.
I have sipped from this philosophical mug now for a decade.
Where the @$&#* did those ten years go?
Oh, to be fifty again.
Peggy Gerber is a poet and short story writer from Northern, New Jersey. She is the 2021 winner of the Open Contract Challenge and author of the poetry chapbook Stumbling in CrazyTown. Her works can be found in many publications including Better than Starbucks, Daily Science Fiction and The World of Myth Magazine.