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UKArchive ID: 35501THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN by prospero
Originally published on September 21, 2015 in Poetry

Birthday poem for my old =university friend, Peter Smith, soon to be (like me) 67 years old!



Summers come and summers go
While winter threatens ice and snow,
Every leaf upon the breeze
Whispers to the aging trees,

"Of your three score years and ten
Very few will come again,
So let those few be treasured more
Than all of those that passed before.

Life’s a joy to be passed on,
A gift we gained from those now gone,
Show all of those that follow us
That they too should depart thus."

(apologies to A E Houseman - Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry now)

© prospero (corin on OLD UKA)
UKArchive ID: 35501
Archived comments for THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN
sweetwater on 23-09-2015
THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN
Can relate to these words, not there yet but it will arrive when I'm not looking! Loved the ageing trees line especially. Sue.

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Sue,
As old Bill wrote - I have reached my sixth age:-

"The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble.”

I love this line:-

His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank;

To me this means that his old tights not only no longer fit but are now part of a world that is completely lost. Still, it is a comfort to think that “ our lttle lives are rounded with a sleep":-)

David

Supratik on 24-09-2015
THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN
Excellent read!

Author's Reply:

shadow on 24-09-2015
THREE SCORE YEARS AND TEN
I can relate to this, having reached the magic number. Well put.

Author's Reply:
Thankyou Shadow.

'Maethforsbye’;-

May the Force be with you.
That universal Life Force
That created matter and energy
Out of nothing;
Stars and galaxies
Out of a swirling cloud of Hydrogen and Helium;
Planets and Life
Out of the dust from Stella Supernova.
We are all stardust.

David