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An oldman
in a room of oldmen
head lowered
mourning his failures
All the oldmen
ashamed before each other
heads lowered. Each
mourning their failures
Each is a judge of the other
All are ashamed
at a city they half built
at sections left undone
for standing in the shadows
of doorways
eyeing a street unexplored

Irwin R. Shaw - October 4th 1988