You just do not believe that you
are going to be old. The truth
is you think this moment will last
forever: poolside, light on glass,
your daughter lying back, looking up,
kicking her legs, hand cupped.
You think time does not diminish,
it expands. Nothing of us will vanish.
Legs kicking, sweeping hands, daughter
suspended in dazzling water.
You recall your own early kicks,
lifting your hands to the light.
You watch the light. Time unfolds.
You just don’t believe you are going to be old.
The italicised quote is from an interview with Doris Lessing in The Paris Review