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Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?
(13 June 1865 – 28 January 1939 / County Dublin / Ireland)

Why Should Not Old Men Be Mad?

Poem By William Butler Yeats

WHY should not old men be mad?
Some have known a likely lad
That had a sound fly-fisher's wrist
Turn to a drunken journalist;
A girl that knew all Dante once
Live to bear children to a dunce;
A Helen of social welfare dream,
Climb on a wagonette to scream.
Some think it a matter of course that chance
Should starve good men and bad advance,
That if their neighbours figured plain,
As though upon a lighted screen,
No single story would they find
Of an unbroken happy mind,
A finish worthy of the start.
Young men know nothing of this sort,
Observant old men know it well;
And when they know what old books tell
And that no better can be had,
Know why an old man should be mad.

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, , , particularly apt in times of Trump
Excellent poem, really enjoyed it.
......a wonderful poem with a great message - Life isn't fair ★
Good poem