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A Poem About The Big 4-Oh

Updated on June 2, 2013

A Poem About The Big 40-Oh

Reaching 40 is a milestone isn't it? Or maybe, for some people, it's like a millstone?

Being in your 30s still sounds pretty young, then suddenly you hit the big 40 and you think it's like a tipping point into middle age.

So imagine you're about to become 40 today? And you are throwing a party? This poem is all about that party and the happiness outside and the feelings you get inside!

‘The Big Four Oh’

The cake proclaims,

The candles lit,

That’s lots of flames

And you’ve been cuddled

And you’ve been kissed

“Blow em out, you arsonist!”

Gales of laughter

Peel through the room

As someone inhales

From a helium balloon

And whilst everyone was celebrating,

You looked on,

at Fifty waiting.

A Poll for the Over-40s

When you reached 40, did you feel over the hill?

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    • Jools99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Martie - that is just the right answer! Exactly what I wanted to read! I am 49 at the moment - great to know it's going to get even better :o)

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Indeed Mohan, it's only a number :o). I think my 50th will be a humdinger!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Keith, yes age is only a number - I'm closer to 50 now than 40, repeat quietly '50 is only a number, 50 is only a number, 50.....' :o)

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Oh, I felt as old as dirt when I turned 40. But believe me, life begins at 50 :)

      Jools, I enjoyed your sense of humor!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      6 years ago from UK

      What a fun poem, Jools, having been there ( ahem) I can relate to this great ditty. I always wonder what it should feel like, I suppose I don't subscribe to the ticking calendar as I still feel like a wide eyed curious child inside! Much like you, of course.

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      6 years ago

      LOL age is only a number, Jools!

      Great poem! (I'll probably be reading this in 20 years when I'm 40!)

    • Jools99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Indeed, I am still feeling pretty good :o)

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Exactly Sunshine - older and better....and a bit creakier in my case :o)

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Carly, don't worry 40 is the new 30, young at heart? You'll be fine. I am nearly 50, I still feel about 28 in my head.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Mary, thanks so much for that! I sent it out here onto Hub Pages with no clue I would still be here 10 months later :o)

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Lovely and witty Poem. You are only as young as you feel.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      This poem is awesome! We don't get older, we just get better :)

      Fabulous first hub Julie!

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      Carly Sullens 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Very nice. I am turning 40 this year! I can't believe it. I do not feel nor act 40.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Voted up and funny and for a first hub I would've voted Excellent if it was there!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Janine, thanks for visiting this not oft visited hub :o(, I am 50 next year, maybe I need to get poetic again soon.....

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      Janine Huldie 

      6 years ago from New York, New York

      Julie, finally just got to read your first and loved it. I am starting feel my age a bit and this one at least put a smile on my face about it. Voted and shared too.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      PrairiePrincess, Yup there is some apprehension now, I am 49 in 3 weeks time, more candles....more flames....and as they say in my neck of the woods 'owl-da' (which is the way we say 'older').

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      6 years ago from Canada

      What a lovely poem! I loved the way you captured those mixed feeling of happiness and a bit of apprehension about getting older. Voted up and all of them!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Mythicalstorm - glad you liked my first hub. You're still a young 'un, not yet ready to light your candles and keep a fire extinguisher handy :o), glad the poem made you smile!

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      6 years ago

      This was so cute. I think it can apply to many birthdays though! I am no where near 40 yet and I already feel old! lol. You probably will roll your eyes at that, but in all honesty this was a very fun little poem that just made me smile!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Moon Daisy, thanks for your kind comment. Hope your 40th is a corker!

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      Moon Daisy 

      6 years ago from London

      Nice poem, and I can relate to it as I am nearly there!

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Hope you are enjoying your 40s! You may also enjoy your 50s. The decades are different but quite exciting if you take on challenges and live your life with joy.

      Congratulations on your first Hub. Great start!

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      7 years ago from Fabulous USA

      I have enjoyed my forties! All should embrace there age and enjoy it. Stay in the moment! Love the hub.

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      JS Matthew 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I like the flow and sense of humor! Great job! Voting up and sharing.


    • Jools99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      "Don't count the candles, count the cuddles and kisses."...that's lovely!

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      7 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Welcome from one just 5 days older than you (that's in hub days). Enjoyed your sonnet.

      Don't count the candles, count the cuddles and kisses. Each year add them up and keep them from being blown out. I like the numeric candles, from the backside it's a much lower number. Age sometimes has it's advantage (sometimes not all the time): grandchildren; wisdom (even if it's not making the same past mistakes); appreciation of all the miracles you've been part of; and discounts (you'll learn not to be offended when offered and even boast you qualify). Everyday is a new birth. Make everday count. Look forward to each day even those that come with a larger number (just flip it around).

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Happy Birthday and welcome to HubPages.


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