Fifty-Two

Music: Prelude in E minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Fifty-two is mistress of her morning:
In wisdom and in power at the full;
For she is now the ruling generation,
Tested in the white-hot crucible.
Yet her heart is haunted by the evening.

There is in her, still fresh, the first creation.
Wonder is perpetually dawning
On inner landscapes, rich and beautiful.





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