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First Line: I shall not run upstairs again
Last Line: I turn my head lest you should see.
Alternate Author Name(s): Kilmer, Joyce, Mrs.
Subject(s): Aging

I shall not run upstairs again,
And oh, the foolish grief I feel!
I must go carefully, or pain
Will thrust me through with its bright steel.

I never thought that I should care
When the first shadow fell on me.
I planned lace caps for my white hair,
And hoped to grow old gracefully.

I thought that when Age came I'd stand
(If Age should really come at all!)
And greet him with extended hand
As my last partner at a ball.

But now, when you with easy grace
Run up ahead or wait for me,
Such bitterness is in my face
I turn my head lest you should see.

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