Thursday, August 10, 2006

AGING by Brian Hodgkinson

Devouring Time - so sang the Bard of yore -
But greybeards now no longer think that way!
They shave their hair, wear jeans, tattoos, and more;
And take Viagra - keeping Time at bay.

No more their dames in rocking chair
Or chimney corner sit to tell their woes:
They smooth their necks and eyebrows dye their hair,
Have nips and tucks - eyes, bosom, thighs, and toes.

No more content to sit at home and pray
The rude forefathers of the hamlet talk
Around the bar of travels far away
And how they towed the van from back of Bourke.

And young folk round the bar raise eyebrows, sigh,
And wish they'd all just go away and die!

Brian Hodgkinson, ©


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