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They Can Be Offensive

'Tis said from life we've been learning since before we've learned how to crawl
Yet some into their eighties do not seem wise at all
They can be offensive in things that they say
And for to put down others go out of their way
In life they have reached a great age for to give them their due
But no fool like an old fool can also be true
Those who claim that wisdom to old age belong
In so many instances have got it wrong
From wisdom any age group one cannot exclude
I've met old and young people who in ways are quite rude
The onset of old age doesn't guarantee common sense
Some into their eighties with their words cause offence
for injured feelings a verbal slur can be the fuel
And even some aged people with their words can be cruel

by Francis Duggan

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