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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2014 10:58 am    Post subject: Men at Forty by Donald Justice  Reply with quote

MEN AT FORTY  by Donald Justice (1925-2004)

Men at forty
Learn to close softly
The doors to rooms they will not be
Coming back to.

At rest on a stair landing,
They feel it moving
Beneath them now like the deck of a ship,
Though the swell is gentle.

And deep in mirrors
They rediscover
The face of the boy as he practises tying
His fatherís tie there in secret.

And the face of the father,
Still warm with the mystery oif lather.
They are more fathers than sons themselves now.
Something is filling them, something.

That is like the twilight sound
Of the crickets, immense,
Filling the woods at the foot of the slope
Behind their mortgaged houses.



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