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Stanley Cooper

(August 4th,1926 / New York City)

Priorities


Priorities change each decade
For better or for worse
Early ones get overlaid
In new ones we immerse

In childhood, girls and boys
Have priorities, manifest
Nothing ranks their cherished toys
Those toys have passed their test

Then the fabulous teens appear
New priorities by the dozens
Understood only by their peers
In privy teenage discussions

Into their twenties they go roaring
Grown-up women and men
With visions of a new life soaring
Past teenage thoughts condemned

Marriage soon enters the scene
Careers become their priority
Ages are somewhere between
Childhood and elder seniority

Husbands and wives with children galore
Priorities altered by kids
They work and plan to rightly assure
Their kids will do more than they did

Then comes the day, when as grannys and gramps
Priorities changed and diminished
They look back in time when they were the champs
To those days long gone and long finished

Priorities for seniors are needed for sure
No longer mired by employment
Grandma and Grampsy should together conjure
New ways for well earned enjoyment

Submitted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Edited: Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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