One Hundred

One Hundred by Matt Maupin, HFA

I don’t know what it’s like to be one hundred
Life’s challenging at only thirty-three
But if I ever live to be one hundred
I hope my friends will still remember me.

How’d you ever get to be one hundred?
I sometimes ask our friends with us today
“We never drank or smoked,” they say so proudly
“And ne’er to God did we forget to pray.”

Did you ever think you’d really be one hundred
And are you glad you’ve made it all this way?
“My wife’s one hundred too,” said one good man,
“My love for her grows stronger every day.”

Things get clearer once you turn one hundred
The wisdom starts to overtake your head
The things you know, the things you’ve done
The love that you have spread!

I still don’t know the feeling of one hundred
It’s something only those who’ve been there know
But if I ever live to see one hundred
I’ll cherish every day until I go.


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