Tuesday I Was Thirty

Tuesday I am thirty,
And though the fact delights me plenty
It disturbs me somewhat to know
I’m half again past twenty.

I like my life, the things I have
My career, husband, and puppy
And yet I must admit that I’m
No more a little guppy.

I’ve achieved all kinds of major goals,
No marathons, though — not sporty
But perhaps it’s something I can revisit
In the ten years before I’m forty.

I’ve traveled lots, and published books,
And that is super nifty,
Still, it’s tough to believe in twenty years
I’ll find myself at fifty!

I hope that this foundation
Proves broad and strong and sturdy,
For the many things I plan to do
In this year when I am thirty.

(Inspired by one of my favorite poems from childhood, “Tuesday I was Ten,” which, sadly, I was not able to find online.)

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33 Responses to Tuesday I Was Thirty

  1. Tiff says:

    Happy birthday! How delightful to know, as well, that you are thirty on Obama’s inauguration day, and (more personally), my boyfriend’s and my anniversary! I can’t believe you’re only 30, you’ve achieved so much. Have a wonderful celebration!

  2. Justine Larbalestier says:

    Happy birthday! Happy inauguration! May the next thirty years be even more fabulous!

  3. Gina Black says:

    Happy Birthday Diana!!

    The day I turned 30 was the first day that the women’s marathon race was included in the Olympics AND the course ran past a spot a few blocks from my house. As I watched them run by, I remember feeling that made it a very special day.

    You have the Obama Inauguration to set this day apart from all others. What a lovely birthday present!

  4. Patrick says:

    An Aquarius on the cusp of Capricorn — that explains a lot. ;)

    Happy Birthday!

  5. Heather says:

    Happy Birthday Diana! I wish you the best on your birthday!

  6. Happy Birthday, Diana. What a great poem! Here’s to the next thirty being as good as the first. =o)

  7. Dan says:

    Happy Birthday!

  8. Liza says:

    Happy Birthday! 30 for me was several years ago(ok 7), but it was a really fun day filled with family and friends.

  9. Jen says:

    Happy birthday, Diana! Loved the poem.

  10. Happy Birthday, D! (I’m an Aquarian, too.)

    I hope your day is as fabulous as you and your poem. :)

  11. Rebecca says:

    Nice poetic inspiration for myself who shall turn 30 in a short 3 weeks-time.
    I have not been published but perhaps I have still established enough of a foundation to get me through the thirties – my mother says they were the best decade for her…
    Cheers

  12. Happy, happy birthday, D! :)

  13. Phyllis Towzey says:

    That was just lovely, Diana. Happy Birthday!

  14. Robin says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Diana! Hope you’re having a great day and best wishes for a wonderful year!

  15. dulce says:

    i wasn’t the first, but i also know i won’t be the last: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

  16. Fabulous poem, Diana.

    Happy Birthday!!!

  17. JKB says:

    Happy birthday to you!

  18. Alexa says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope you had a lovely day.

  19. PurpleRanger says:

    It’s a couple of days late, but Happy Birthday!

  20. Carol says:

    Am trying to remember the last stanza.

    Tuessday 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 life
    And shoes with little heels
    To have a real allowance too
    That makes me wise and thrifty
    But still I can’t believe, can you?
    I am now a fifth of fifty.

    (Here is where my memory fails me…)
    My Gosh, in only 90 years
    My age will be a century

  21. Annette says:

    If you ever find all the words to “Tuesday I Was Ten”, please let me know. I was searching for it when I came across your site. Do you remember the author?

  22. CJ says:

    I can’t believe someone other than myself remebers this poem. I was just sitting there and the whole poem came to me. I haven’t began my search, but it came from my elementary school reading book. I thought up some of the books, there was Kaleidoscope, Serendipity, Galaxies, maybe thru those we can begin to find the publisher to find the poem. Good luck!

  23. CJ says:

    continuance from Carol: Although an age like ten appears quite young and unadventurey……

  24. Carol says:

    Although an age like ten appears quite unadventurey,
    My gosh in only 90 years, my age will be a century!

    Thank you CJ.

    I have three ten year old neices for whom I have been trying to remember this poem…

    But how des that last stanza go?

    I am missing the first lines.

  25. Shveta says:

    Happy belated birthday!

  26. CJ says:

    from my memory we have completed the poem, If there was more right before the “although an age like ten” part and after “I’m now a fifth of fifty” I’m sorry but I don’t remember!!! keep me posted. I wan’t to find the whole books though. Do you also remember “it’s raining?” and “the people under the stairs???”

  27. Carol says:

    Thanks CJ. NO doubt you are right. I never actually saw the book. Our 4th grade teacher taught it to us. I remember being pretty peeved because I was about to turn 10 on a Tuesday and she shared the poem when Joey Clinton –the first to turn ten, did so on a Friday!!! And that was 39 yeras ago!

  28. Rod says:

    Author is K.Skybird. That’s just how it was written in the third grade reader “Rainbow Showers” by scott foresman and company.

  29. Answer Man says:

    Tuesday I Was Ten
    by Kaye Starbird (1916-1993)

    Published 1963 in “Never Cross a Crocodile”

    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 says:

      Thanks so much for sharing this. It is one of my beloved poems, as you can see by my other post. I gave it to my daughter when she turned ten, and my minister’s daughter will be ten later this week. I will be so glad to share it with her!

  30. Andrea says:

    I was so pleased to find this today in time for our daughter’s 10th birthday, next Tuesday! I memorized this poem in 4th grade and throughout my life little stanza have come back to me! I can’t wait to share it with her! Thank you for the happy memory!

  31. Kaye says:

    “Tuesday I was Ten” is a poem I shared with my older daughter for her tenth birthday. I too am looking for it to give to another little girl who will be ten this week. Thank you for bringing this beloved poem to my attention again. If you find it, please let me know. My email: kayeohio1947@hotmail.com