Halcyon Days


Grand gestures of the young are meant
     To challenge and impress
Each other and the world at large
     With actions and with dress.

The daring cuts, the colours bold
     Are carried off with style
As are the proud, disdainful boasts,
     The lovers' tearful smiles.

Short tempers that once overflowed,
     Too hasty and too hot,
With time enough and temperance
     Will simmer in the pot.

It's fine to light the stage and strut
     When youth is on your side.
Maturity loves dignity—
     So kindness conquers pride.

And kindness is a greater gift
     Than volatile displays;
It broadens the enjoyment of
     Your own and others' days.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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