” . . . What then? Shall we sit idly down and say,
The night has come; it is no longer day??
The night hath not yet come; we are not quite
cut off from labor by the failing light.
Something remains for us to do or dare
(Even the oldest tree some fruit may bear) –
Not Oedipus Coloneus, or Greek Ode,
or tales of pilgrims that one morning rode
out of the gateway of the Tabard Inn –
But other something, would we but begin.
For age is opportunity, no less
than youth itself, though in another dress,
And as the evening twilight fades away
the sky is filled with stars,
invisible by day.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Morituri Salutamos”, 1874
wonderful poem for us aging baby boomers, especially as I just read theApril 7 NEW REPUBLIC cover article on ageism in Silicon Valley.
Hi, Allyson. I’m glad you like the poem. I’m not a poetry buff, but I found this somewhere last year and had it taped next to my computer as I prepared to do my Camino. I thought I’d share it. I’ll look out for that issue of New Republic.