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  A Younger Man's Clothes
by Tom Hyland
Thursday, January 12, 2006
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Remember the lyrics to Billy Joel's song "The Piano Man"? Well here's my little extension of them.



A Younger Manís Clothes


Copyright: January 12, 2006


Tom Hyland


 


Once I was Dashing and Dapper,
and as one might suppose,
did quite well with the Ladies,
when... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Back then I was trim and slim,
muscular and strong, like all G.I. Joeís,
"Three Squares" a day, with none between,
then... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Up Ďafore the "Crack of Dawn"
did the "Three Sís" after I arose,
calisthenics, then chin-ups, before breakfast chow,
yes, when... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


It was the Fall of Sixty,
Fort Knox, Kentucky, as we stood in rows,
Basic Training was shaping us then,
when... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Plenty of exercise, marching and such,
combat boots, wool socks warming our toes,
"Hup, Hur, Three, Four" -- Cadence Count,
way back then... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


How quickly flew the years,
Blood, Sweat, and Tears -- and sundry other woes,
finally discharged -- Wed, Bed, then a Family,
Ďtwas when... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Wrote many a Poesy about a Rose,
scribbled some runes, tunes, and even some Prose,
captured many a Memory, did it in droves,
composed when... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Daughter and Son raised, and seen through college,
Proud parent of Two, but the marriage did close,
my Love and I just grew apart,
after... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Five years have passed, since the Decree,
danced many a "Jig" and suffered some "Lows,"
Grew "Love Handlesí -- got some Bursitis,
all this since... I wore a Younger Manís Clothes.


 


Two months time --"Thar She Blows!"
Ole Retirement shows, yet everyone knows,
the mind grows younger, when playing back Lifeís
"Shows,"
so, at Sixty-Five -- I STILL WEAR A Younger Manís Clothes !!!


 


POSTSCRIPT


Got me some Dingo Boots,
and a Cowboy Hat,
doiní "Booty Call," shootiní Pool, singiní Karaoke,
thatís where itís AT ---
Gonna find me a Woman,
start a new Life,
Heck, Pardner, maybe even a Wife?


 


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YíAll Come -- YíHear ?


 


 


 






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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/21/2006
I love the "upbeat" and realistic tone to this poem, Tom. Thank you for sharing your wit. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 4/11/2006
Tom,
Your are a classic! So how is the wife thing going? Lots of applications?
Cynthia
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 1/12/2006
Go for it!
Missed reading you, dude.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/12/2006
Tom,

Great to see you around here again; I've missed you! Your creative take on Billy's song is fantastic...enjoyed!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sue Hess 1/12/2006
go for it tom! i chose to get older alone and it works for me but it isn't for everyone...and then, with my kids and grandkids, alone is just a word
Reviewed by Cathrine Hottran 1/12/2006
well, good luck to you :) excellent write!
Reviewed by J M 1/12/2006
You did a fantastic take on Joels song this is wonderful and very creative.
Reviewed by Sandra Mushi 1/12/2006
I don't know the song, Tom, but I enjoyed this very much.

God bless,

Sandie.

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