Did they have such a thing as teenage in the Stone Age
Or did it only come in at the Bronze Age?
Whenever it was I think it an outrage to call it such
When there are much more important things to invent
But I suppose the intent
Was trivialising each step for the inept.
But I know one is thirteen today
Will have more important things to think or say –
A whole life to ponder and act and serve
To become a man who will deserve
The praises we heap on to him
Though he will always see
That though of high ability
He’ll wear his honour badge with true humility.
Now, no more words, let’s feast and play
On Christopher’s teenage – whoops – sorry, special day today.

October 2004