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A Visit For My Seventieth Birthday
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These verses were written hastily on the occasion of a visit to the Abbey of Lois for my birthday It was a playful piece in which I wanted to contrast the young and vibrant greeting of earlier visits with the more labored movements of these latter years..

You come
With eager longing I await your visit.


I long for your sweet embrace
and the warm kiss you will place
on my expectant lips.


You should no longer expect me, though
to come racing across the sward
to leap into your outstretched arms.


The spring has gone from my steps;
No more gazelle-like can I hurry.
Rather, I’ll lumber like a bear late for hibernation.


Worry not, I’ll make good time, as best I can,
with ready heart for warm embrace
and kisses too.


Age may bow my body.
My heart is stronger still.
I love you, Lois.
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