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The Canyon from Horseback

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The "Time to Lotto" thread drifts brought this to mind:

 

The Canyon from Horseback
 
The young don't know enough
About being young
They squander youth
And never know 'til later.


Any lad of twelve will testify
An eight-year-old can't even qualify
To be a child
At eighteen our own ignorance
At fifteen is finally written
In language we comprehend:
We know the score
Reality's the icing on the cake
Of youthful fantasies;
When the young grow old
They know a lot
About being young
But almost nothing
About being old.

From Poems of the New Old West
Copyright 2002, Jack Purcell

Entry #190

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