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The Panic of Growing Older

Written by  Peter Lenrie

the panic
of growing older
spread fluttering winds
from year to year

at twenty
stilled by hope
of gigantic success
time and exploration

at thirty
a sudden throb of pain
laboratory test
having nothing to show

legs cribbed
in domesticity allow
no sudden leaps
at the moon now.

Copybook bisected
with red ink
and failures–
nothing to show the world.

Three children the world perhaps
the world expects
it of you. No
specialist’s effort there.

But science give hope
of twice three score
and ten. hope
is not a grain of sand
inner satisfaction
dwindles sharp
blades of expectation.
From now on the world has you.