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Falling Through Eden
Jack
Robert Correy
The Frog
A Behaviorist to His Love
forty
Sonnet on an Ice-Floe
How Khrushchev Stole ...
My Life in 3 Paragraphs
fifty
With Love to X
 

fifty

The unvoiced score that wins a tennis game.
In yards, the shortest race that runners dash.
Said twice, a chance that equals lose or win.
The age when politicians grow mature.

On fifty-minute hours Freud built his fame.
Just fifty years ago the market crash
wiped out an Old Deal, saw a New begin.
From fifty states, one union may endure.

Leonardo sought a certain smiling dame
at fifty; Marx turned Capital to cash
at fifty; Darwin launched his Origin,
and Dante's epic moved from damned to pure.

Your fiftieth, semicentenary man --
Enjoy it! It will never come again.


Alan C. Elms


[Written in 1979; first published here in 2000.]


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