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Marian Evans

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

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On My Golden Years

And why wouldn't I be the hermit of the neighborhood?
I would have, by then, seen infinitely more than I should
Of a cruelty that might just have it out for me.

And why don't I agree with the young?
Could they put a price on my retired life?
My seclusion is not without reason,
I've been drawn thin; my body revolts

But I'm not alone
I have a picture,
Hanging in my mind,
Of what retirement is.

I have no reason to hold back;
I only wish I could,
Because I don't think you're ready
For a loneliness I will not know.

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