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The Old Men

Language: English

Old men who have studied
every leg show
in the city
Old men cut from touch
by the perfumed music --
polished or fleeced skulls
that stand before
the whole theater
in silent attitudes
of attention, --
old men who have taken precedence
over young men
and even over dark-faced
husbands whose minds
are a street with arc-lights.
Solitary old men for whom
we find no excuses --
I bow my head in shame
for those who malign you.
Old men
the peaceful beer of impotence
be yours!


Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]

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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)


Text added to the website: 2009-03-07.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:10
Line count: 22
Word count: 85

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