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A Game of Fives

Five little girls, of Five, Four, Three, Two, One:
Rolling on the hearthrug, full of tricks and fun.

Five rosy girls, in years from Ten to Six:
Sitting down to lessons - no more time for tricks.

Five growing girls, from Fifteen to Eleven:
Music, Drawing, Languages, and food enough for seven!

Five winsome girls, from Twenty to Sixteen:
Each young man that calls, I say "Now tell me which you MEAN!"

Five dashing girls, the youngest Twenty-one:
But, if nobody proposes, what is there to be done?

Five showy girls - but Thirty is an age
When girls may be ENGAGING, but they somehow don't ENGAGE.

Five dressy girls, of Thirty-one or more:
So gracious to the shy young men they snubbed so much before!


Five PASSE girls - Their age? Well, never mind!
We jog along together, like the rest of human kind:
But the quondam "careless bachelor" begins to think he knows
The answer to that ancient problem "how the money goes"!

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • * Sunprincess * (4/1/2014 2:46:00 PM)

    .....one of my favourite poets...love the alice in wonderland story....and enjoyed this lovely piece...

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/17/2014 8:47:00 AM)

    A fascinating poem and when it reaches the last the age thirty one or more really fantastic poem to entertainment.

  • Liliana ~el (9/16/2013 4:10:00 PM)

    Right on! Truly fun and enticing :)

  • Myla Rose Gigante (9/16/2013 6:15:00 AM)

    I love this poem! ^_^

  • Karen Sinclair (9/16/2013 3:45:00 AM)

    One of my favourite writers. This has humour and encourages a moment of pity in the middle A fun clever piece although I must say not one of my favourites of his. Yet as ever such a comfortable flow. Tyvm Karen

  • Karen Sinclair (9/16/2013 3:44:00 AM)

    One of my favourite writers. This has humour and encourages a moment of pity in the middle A fun clever piece although I must say not one of my favourites of his. Yet as ever such a comfortable flow. Tyvm Karen

  • Marie Beach (9/16/2013 3:31:00 AM)

    Cute continuation of life.......

  • Nasarudheen Parameswaran (9/16/2013 3:02:00 AM)

    When money matters all collapse.

  • Philo Yan (9/16/2012 11:49:00 PM)

    Some families of women of that era equate husband material based on how wealthy the man or his family was. With such standards, the young women may find it hard to marry if they want t to marry for love and not for money.

  • Njuguna Peter Mnyagia (9/16/2012 1:30:00 PM)

    Very nice. I loved the unique art in it.

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