Bearded, bent and grim
He seemed so weary and so frail,
I thought at once of him,
That age will neuter every male
And so it's always been.
Sympathy rose in my eye
And must have reached the brim
For the old man looked up to reply
And raising a withered limb
Growled "youth falls from an empty sky
And thus it's ever been!"
TRADITION, n. Coiled novelty.