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Nicholas Gordon

Sixty-one has stumbled through the fire
In which all pain and heartbreak must be burned.
X-rays show the bones beneath desire
Thinned by what the days and years require
Yet braced by what of glory she has learned.

One moment beyond fear can life inspire.
Needs fade as dreams of sovereignty retire,
Even those for which she long has yearned.

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