Surely this has been used.

I didn’t hit forty. Forty hit me.


  1. Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

    I’m not sure even Forty would hit that.

  2. “If dirges and planned lamentations could put off death,
    Men would be singing for ever…” – Sophocles (Creon to Antigone)

    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Surely this has been used.

      • Ladies and gentlemen: let’s have a very warm welcome for If Dirges and the Planned Lamentations!

        • My dear friend Ernie Grimm has never shared my fear of death. Quite the opposite; there are times when he muses on how great it’s gonna be (provided he makes the cut, of course). So on his most recent birthday, I wrote him this toast:

          Mrs. Grimm has troubled sleep
          She dreams that Death has come to reap
          her man, who just hit forty-three
          But Ernie’s sleep is trouble-free
          He grins and dreams of sweet release
          When he can finally rest in peace
          So here’s to Ernie – lucky him
          Who finds the Reaper not so Grimm

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