Advice From An Old Man

Buy shorts when the snow’s falling
and sweaters when the summer has hardened blossoms into fruit.
Always use an oven-mitt if you aren’t sure about the heat
and brush your cups with a long handled-brush, or they might just
Never ride on the back of another man’s motorcycle,
and always walk into the wind when you’re on a deer track.
I wish I could tell you something about love,
or something about the way you ought to live,
but being old doesn’t mean you know anything about love,
it just means you’ve survived a while.

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