When senior citizens start splash ing in pudd les,
and hoary old women let down their gray hair;

when every old man brandishes his sword and cudgel
and takes to bellow ing as he plays or sits in his chair;

when every dodder ing one of them gives up on fashion,
and all the busy young and sexy bow as they proudly pass,

will mort ally man kind re claim her dignity , her nobility.

Minneapolis, 2006. Published in Clay Eyes.