Maureen Missed

I've missed all Maureen's birthdays

No poem was begun

To mark each big occasion

Not even twenty-one

Her forty went unnoticed

Then fifty passed me by

Of course, I didn't know her then

So maybe that is why

Those big dates weren't recorded

In sparkling poetry

But that excuse does not hold true

For when she reached sixty

Or seventy, it's sad to say -

Those rhymes were never written

It must have been that at time

With Sally I was smitten

I'm sorry you've been overlooked

I couldn't rate you more

And I will make amends, I swear,

When you attain four score.