On Aging

Why does a date-palm lose its leaves in autmn?

Why does every beautiful face grow in old age

wrinkled like the back of a Libyan lizard?

Why does a full head of hair get bald?

Why is the tall, straight figure

that divided the ranks like a spear

now bent almost double?

Why is it that the Lion strength weakens to nothing?

The wrestler who could hold anyone down

is led out with two people supporting him,

their shoulders under his arms.

God answers: "They all put on borrowed robes

and pretend they were theirs.

I take the beautiful clothes back,

so you will learn the robe of appearance

is but a loan."

Your lamp was lit from another lamp.

All God wants is your gratitude for that.

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