Old Age Is Not for Everyone

A famous South American poet vowed he would kill himself at the age of 65.
George Sanders killed himself because he had done it all and nothing was left to do.


Big man on campus becomes a withered dirty old man ready for his weekly bath.
That sexually liberated babe rocks in her chair, not the stage.
Unromantic dinners are senior meals starting at four o’clock.
Nursing home music outlaws the Rolling Stones and U2.
The only game in town is bingo.
All pleasures are taboo: smoking, alcohol, sex, porn, gambling (except bingo).


I vowed I would kill myself at age 65 when I was 19. I am now 73.
I have not done it all. I am an unknown American poet.

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