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When I Weighed Two-and-Twenty

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When I weighed two-and-twenty,

I heard a doctor say:

"Give chips and dips and chocolate,

But not your health away;

Give pounds away and inches,

But keep your energy."

But I weighed two-and-twenty,

No use to talk to me.


When I weighed two-and-twenty,

I heard him say again:

"The excess of a lifetime

Is only lost with pain;

And it will cost you plenty

Before you're halfway through."

And now my wallet's empty

And I weigh two-twenty-two.


published 21 March 2012 


previously published in Bumbershoot