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Old Men
(August 19, 1902 – May 19, 1971 / New York / United States)

Old Men

People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when…
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

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this is the trouble with people, no understanding that one day they will get old
Such a dreadful truth.
This poem is quoted in the film A Late Quartet, read by a child in the New York subway train. It is very poignant and moving in the context of the film.
This old man has no surprise When people watch with unshocked eyes.