A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty Poem by Ogden Nash

A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty

Rating: 3.6


Unwillingly Miranda wakes,
Feels the sun with terror,
One unwilling step she takes,
Shuddering to the mirror.

Miranda in Miranda's sight
Is old and gray and dirty;
Twenty-nine she was last night;
This morning she is thirty.

Shining like the morning star,
Like the twilight shining,
Haunted by a calendar,
Miranda is a-pining.

Silly girl, silver girl,
Draw the mirror toward you;
Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.

Time is timelessness for you;
Calendars for the human;
What's a year, or thirty, to
Loveliness made woman?

Oh, Night will not see thirty again,
Yet soft her wing, Miranda;
Pick up your glass and tell me, then--
How old is Spring, Miranda?

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Mike Dunn 30 May 2006

A beautiful reflection on what makes one old... does the passage of time affect our age? What is one day from the next if we do not make it so.

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Tranquil Ocean 21 January 2007

What a brilliant ending to an awesome poem! ! TO

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Malini Kadir 23 October 2008

what a superb way of expressing the fear of aging..... the question at the tag end is brilliant!

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Ken E Hall 24 May 2010

W, ords of a master clever to illustrate age and the withering tick of time, very nice to read!

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Karen Sinclair 25 October 2012

Beautiful poem....such comforting compassion in the writers words

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Dr Antony Theodore 14 December 2020

Silly girl, silver girl, Draw the mirror toward you; Time who makes the years to whirl Adorned as he adored you. living in illusions. tony

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sAbHyAtA 31 May 2018

good poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Savita Tyagi 22 December 2017

My my how time changes the thinking.....

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Tom Allport 27 December 2016

big mistake? mirrors only bring heartache

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Adrian Martin 27 April 2016

Time...... Tick tick tick it does not wait for you or I, or even the lady Miranda.!

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