Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO THEE -- O FOOLISH YOUTH, by CARMELITA K. D'ADDIO

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TO THEE -- O FOOLISH YOUTH, by            
First Line: O foolish youth
Last Line: After you have tired of play?
Subject(s): Youth

O foolish youth. . . .
What dost thou gain
By following the glittering butterflies
And living merely in vain?
Why spoil thyself and give thy all
To those who only seek
New thrills -- new joys
And after they are gone
You find it mere alloy.
Why kiss the lips
That have tasted of every drop
From the wine dregs of life.
Take care . . . O youth!
Someday thou shalt have
Thy bitter lesson learned.
The things which now seem gay
Too soon shall fade away
Like night into misty day
What will you have then. . . .
After you have tired of play?

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