Roman Numerals
By Deborah H. Doolittle


Liveliest of numbers
now is the Roman
numeral L,
that sits upon
the ground upright,
leaning neither left
nor right.
Of my two score
years and ten,
will not come again.
That leaves me only
four or three or none,
should I ever indeed
reach fifty-one.
So, I'll continue
counting on my life
to be lazily, leisurely,
luxuriously full
of strife, just not starting tonight.

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