Middle Age

I feel, on viewing time’s rewards — the Growing Up and Smartening —
There’s much to say for middle age, but nothing really heartening.
When I was starting out in life, and working didn’t tire me much,
Although I lacked the confidence for anyone to hire me much,
The thing that really irked my soul and filled my heart with dreariance
Was knowing Youth Was Not Enough. I had to have experience.
Well, having lately lost the youth I couldn’t earn a buck with,
I’ve gathered the experience, which currently I’m stuck with;
For now, despite the confidence I used to yearn and hunger for,
Whatever jobs I want to get I have to be much younger for.