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First Line: Old men who have studied
Last Line: Be yours!
Subject(s): Old Age

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!

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