“As I Grow Old…”

"As I Grow Old..."

As I grow old and just a trifle frayed
It’s nice to know that sometimes I have made
You children and occasionally the staff
Stop work and have instead a little laugh.

Roald Dahl
‘As I grow old…’
Autograph manuscript of a poem
four lines on the back of an envelope addressed to Roald Dahl, coffee stains, Roald Dahl embossed library stamps

This poem was first published in The Roald Dahl Treasury where it is the last piece in the book, appearing on page 444 with an illustration by Quentin Blake.