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If I lived to be 101,
Could I still be able have some fun?
Or would I feel too old to play,
Just like a kid for one more day?

I’d want to jump rope to a rhyming song,
But my knees would creak as I skipped along.
And I couldn’t pop wheelies on my bike
Or eat all the junk food that I like.

I’d love to climb an apple tree
But I’d wrench my back out, probably!
And turning cartwheels in the grass,
Might land me down on my fat head!

Surely I’d be out of my gourd
If I flipped off a diving board-
A splash from my great canon ball,
Would fling my teeth right past the wall!

And playing tricks on Mischief Night
By giving neighbors quite a fright
Would leave me not only out of breath,
But scare me nearly half to death!

Sitting alone in my rocking chair
As children’s laughter filled the air
Would drive me nuts and make me crazy.
If all I’d be was wrinkled and lazy!

Yes, 101 is too old for me
‘Cause I’d want to feel young and live care free.
So I think that it would be just fine
If I only live to be 99!

By Sue Burd

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  1. Date: 12/21/2013 9:19:00 PM
    Such a lovely poem !

  1. Date: 5/25/2013 5:47:00 AM
    Funny poem, Susan! Terry

  1. Date: 1/2/2013 10:45:00 PM
    What a very witty poem you have written. I enjoyed it very much. And perhaps reaching 101 could possibly be / a benchmark year to oversee / all the poems you've written on the soup / as a celebrity poet in this age-group.

  1. Date: 11/12/2012 3:32:00 PM
    Love the ending! Great poem!

  1. Date: 11/10/2012 6:23:00 PM
    Absolutely deeelightful, Susan! My kind of fun stuff! Hope your weekend is going great... love and hugs, Jack xox

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 8:43:00 AM
    wonderful poem Sue, not sure I would want to be around that long either, unless I could still dance :) love elizabeth

  1. Date: 11/8/2012 8:05:00 AM
    Love that punch line "only 99!" Oh, and the teeth flying right past the wall. Lots of chuckles in this one, enjoyed, John.

  1. Date: 11/6/2012 11:26:00 AM
    99 is a good age Susan. - I knew a lady who was 104 years old, was nearly blind but did well. - Love your poem - sweet!! - Have a nice day. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)