Many Do Grow Older

Many do grow older but few do grow wise
A saying from the past that to reflection gives rise
That to some people of the twenty first century surely does apply
Why some seem to fail to realize that life is not eternal one must wonder why

Not that much different to the long deceased miners in the days of old
In their sixties and seventies and eighties idolizing money the new form of gold
As if our greatest gift the gift of life to little does amount
To them the material things of life only does count

People in their sixties and seventies and eighties with money to spare
Their sort as ever today are not rare
Life's material things are all they can talk about
Of their priorities in life they never leave one in doubt

People in years well beyond their lives physical prime
Who do not seem to realize that they are running out of time
The accumulation of large amounts of money their only idea of success
Their aspirational aging peers in this way they impress

Immortality for the human body is surely not a lie
They do not seem to realize that they are going to die
And many grow older but few do grow wise
A saying from the past that to reflection gives rise.

by Francis Duggan

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