Time Telling

Woman, Middle-Aged, Mischievous, Happy


If you’re conversing with a lady

And courtship is your quest

And the topic of intentions is muted

Be careful of what you suggest.


And if it then arises

That her age – is by you to be guessed

No matter how dainty her tone

Remember it’s really a test.


So here is my advice – well reasoned

The thing that you should say –

Start with the figure most likely (like-lay)

Then five years take away.


To be safe then subtract yet another –

Year or two or three

She may then accuse you – of trying

To seduce her by mere flattery.


But the result – I assure you –

The far better outcome it will be

Than mindlessly blurting out

The age that you think you see.