Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

American Life in Poetry: Numbers

Email

I'd guess that nearly everyone is aware that time seems to speed up as we age. Whenever I say that something happened ten years ago, my wife reminds me that it was twenty. Here's a poem about time by the distinguished Maryland poet, Linda Pastan.

Counting Backwards

How did I get so old,

I wonder,

contemplating

my 67th birthday.

Dyslexia smiles:

I'm 76 in fact.

There are places

where at 60 they start

counting backwards;

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet? You can activate your account here: Activate All Access.

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at subscriberservices@forumcomm.com and we can help you.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness