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Old Men Don't Cry (1994)

Very old men
don't cry.

They bark
and hack and
cough, cough, cough
until somebody caring
pats them on the back.

Then they'll bow
and sneeze
with an
ah-  ah-  ah- choo!

Saying thank you --
quickly blowing their noses
like old rubber hoses.

Glen Wheeler
May, 1994, Vancouver

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