Seventy-Six

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

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Seventy-six is steadfastly old fashioned,
Ever certain of his old-world ways.
Vested in the truth of what he knows,
Each parable in place, he comes and goes,
Not seeing what his landscape overlays,
The stream that underneath the ice still flows.
Yet only what he ordered meets his gaze.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon


So is his understanding strictly rationed,
In keeping with the passion of his pose,
X-ing out whatever time betrays.

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