THE GRAY YEARS

They say youth is stupid
but old age
is stupid too.

And there is all that
middle area,
the gray years
where men know just enough
to think they’re smart
and have just enough youth left
to think themselves
invincible,

when really
they are only dull,
crass pieces of
flesh
strutting through the
broken world,

so serious with their
purposes,
assumptions,
opinions
and rights.