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  • The Sixty-Year-Old Boys

    From the Albuquerque Morning Journal, April 18, 1915. By Strickland Gillilan.

    It once was the rule, in your lifetime and mine,
    That the fifty-year man was far gone in decline.
    That he wore bushy whiskers and stooped as he walked,
    And quavered a bit in his voice as he talked.
    But, oh, what a change has come over mankind!
    The fifty-year youngster of now isn’t blind
    Or halt or decrepit or whiskered—nay! nay!
    The sixty-year “kid” is the rule of today!

    There may be some snow at his temples, ’tis truth;
    But folks say, “Some people grow gray in their youth.”
    He’s carefully groomed, and he’s straight as a rod;
    He laughs like a child and he smiles like a god.
    He’s natty and nobby and brisk as a boy—
    To meet him, to be in his presence, is joy.
    Instead of December, he’s April or May—
    The sixty-year youngster is with us to stay.