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Seventy One

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Seventy one's a number
It means driving pretty fast,
It's one year past three score and ten
And that you've made it past.

When counting beats per minute
That's a very healthy stride,
The atomic number of Lutetium
Mendeleev's lanthanide.

The twentieth in the series
As a number it is prime,
It cannot be divided
By three of five or nine.

Facing concern of fading
Or cosmological decay,
It is Conway's constant
In the sequence look and say.

Now the Navy's nuclear aircraft carrier
USS Theodore Roosevelt
Has the designation CVN-71
I think that's how it's spelt.

The year A.D. LXXI
Was Emporer Vaspasian's time
Who founded the Flavian Dynasty
In A.D.69

"In you Lord I take refuge,
Let me not be in shame,
Turn your ear and save me"
Psalm 71 - again.

Lord at the age seventy-one
May I still display
The endurance and energy of youth
For yet another day.
Seventy One
Monday, November 5, 2018
Topic(s) of this poem: age,aging,time
septuagenarian, a thought on my seventy first birthday.
Jazib Kamalvi 17 June 2019
such a nice write, Neil. Read my poem Love and L u s t. Thanks
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Thank you for your appreciative comment. I will read " love and " .
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Dave Walker 05 November 2018
Age is just a number, if you feel young you are young,71 isn't that old these days. After reading your poem, I see the number 71 in a whole new light. A great write.
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Neil McLeod 06 November 2018
Cheers, and thank you for you thoughtful comment. Please do take the time to read the other work I have submitted.
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