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!
- by William Carlos Williams (1883 - 1963), "The Old Men", appears in Al Que Quiero!, first published 1917 [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
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- by Gary Bachlund (b. 1947), "The Old Men", 2009 [medium voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-03-07
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Word count: 85