How Is Age Measured?

How is age measured? Is it the barely-heard tick-tock of your sparingly used Fitbit, Or the obvious streak of gray that you got for free?

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How is age measured?

Is it the barely-heard tick-tock

of your sparingly used Fitbit,

Or the obvious streak of gray

that you got for free?

Is it the invisibility cloak

that lets you see

caprices of the men

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who once fawned over you?

Is it seeing all those babies you held

Now grown-up and glued to TikTok?

Or the folded sarees in your wardrobe,

precious moments gathered in their folds?

Older, none the wiser,

Age admits her defeat,

Her hands up in despair,

At the likes of me.

Am I on the wheel of time

Or watching it from afar?

Because, you know,

Frames of reference.

8-year-old heart,

or 22-year-old dreams?

40 years old regrets,

or decades of people-pleasing?

And 60 years (or so it seems!)

Of making stupid decisions!

Tell me again.

How is age measured?


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