I didn’t post a poem yesterday because it was the Orange-Belt Fairy Princess Badass‘ birthday. (She’s now a yellow belt, by the way.) And since I’m a working mom who throws her kids birthday parties and even bakes them cakes (that often look as if they’ve been drawn by Dr Seuss), I was too busy on a weekday to post. I had every intention of doing so, but I also figured you’d live if I skipped a day.
When I was in fourth grade (as my daughter is now), I read this poem in my Literature class textbook, and for some reason it stuck with me — and has for all these years. But finding this poem, when all I could remember was a title and the first stanza and last two lines (because how could I forget them?), was a challenge. Hooray for the Internet and crowdsourcing information! I was able to track down the text of this poem here on someone’s blog. Et voilà.
Tuesday I Was Ten
Tuesday I was ten, and though
The fact delights me plenty,
It sort of startles me to know
I’m now a half of twenty.
It’s nice to own a bigger bike
With brakes along the wheels
And figure skates (the kind I like)
And shoes with little heels,
And have a real allowance, too,
To make me wise and thrifty;
But still, I can’t believe (can you?)
I’m now a fifth of fifty!
Although an age like ten appears
Quite young and un-adventure-y,
My gosh! In only ninety years
My age will be a century!
Kaye Starbird lived from 1916-1993. I know nothing else about her except that she wrote this adorable poem. “Tuesday I Was Ten” was published in 1963 in Never Cross A Crocodile. Enjoy.
8 thoughts on “Featured Poet: Kaye Starbird”
Loved this poem, very sweet, as is the cake! Well done for being a first rate Mum yet still finding time to post such inspirational, heart lifting words. O:-)
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Thank you. 🙂 That’s very kind.
Hi, I am a teacher and remember this poem from an old grade four math textbook! I have been trying to find it since the first Tuesday in January when one of my students turned ten and proudly told me so!
Thank you so much for re-printing it here!
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You’re so welcome! 🙂 I’m glad I could help out.
When I turned ten, my mom’s friend gave me this poem. It was nicely printed and I felt it was wonderful. I have been looking for it to give to my own ten year old. Thank you for sharing it with your cake recipe.
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I have begun a tradition of sending a copy of this poem to children on their tenth birthdays. They and their parents love the poem!
How lovely! 🙂