Happy Birthday

It catches up to us, friend.
Let's stop these
nervous affirmations.
"Fifty is the new thirty!"
"Sixty is the new forty!"
You'll only discover
that seventy is
the new ninety five...
Why count years when
the number is always One
at birth and death?
Better just assume
that you are never more
than a moment old
and your body is made
of stars so ancient
their light is arriving
only now.

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