When You Are Old

I pray you have kept the
FAITH
Run the race, but avoided the rats
BELIEVED
In unachievable dreams
LOVED
others, receiving in turn your just desserts
HOPED
in work worthy of your calling
CONTENT
with the hand you dealt life.

This poem was written after reading "When You are Old" by William Butler Yeats in class with my students. The poem has a nostalgic feel of a potential love lost to a crowd of more amiable suitors. I love how poets and poems written nearly a century ago can have meaning and connection for today's high school students (and teachers).


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