(On Reaching the Age of Twenty-One)

This is the year

Of legal beer

When a mustache is no affectation,

When parental


Be inconsequental

To marital (wheel) conjugation.

Bring on the liquor

And cut out the dicker

About no alcohol to a minor--

Just wrap up a quart

Of fort-

Ified port;

With my line, stein, and wine I will dine her.

I've arrived at the stage