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GOLF AND LIFE, by            
First Line: Life's but a game of golf
Last Line: "to ""hole down"" at the end."
Subject(s): Golf; Life; Sports

LIFE'S but a game of golf;
At first the tee —
Catnip, perchance, or some such sort —
And then we see
The bunkers that obtrude themselves
Before each green
We strive with eager strokes to gain! —
The ruts unseen
That everywhere abound to foil —
To bring dismay —
To spoil the gains good strokes have brought,
And drive our hopes away.

There are the foozles that
Bring grief or shame!
The getting out of bounds — the quest
For things to blame —
The lasting supposition of
What "might have been" —
The "galleries" for those alone
That chance to win! —
The striving on to beat the score
Of foe and friend,
And, after all the struggles, just
To "hole down" at the end.

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