you know that you have lost when you come to a singles’ night out
and there are more than twice as many men as women, the latter
being either your daughter’s or your mother’s age.
you know that you are in a losing position as you do not do extreme
sports, you do not travel around the world, and the hot summer
makes you look toward the arctic circle with longing in your eyes.
you know that you have no chance of attracting anyone’s attention
because you are unaware of the latest gossip and popular tv shows,
and the age of the music and books that you enjoy is measured
in centuries rather than years of your social death.