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Q: (Repost) Searching for Specific Poem ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: (Repost) Searching for Specific Poem
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Books and Literature
Asked by: nronronronro-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 08 Oct 2002 10:01 PDT
Expires: 07 Nov 2002 09:01 PST
Question ID: 74041
This is a tough question. 
I am looking for a poem about middle age. 
Cannot remember any of the exact wording 
or the author. 
But it goes something like this... 
"When a man turns 40, he starts 
gently closing doors to rooms he 
knows he will never visit again." 
Sorry I can't be more specific. 
Any help or comments greatly appreciated!
Subject: Re: (Repost) Searching for Specific Poem
Answered By: grimace-ga on 08 Oct 2002 11:22 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I'm pretty sure this is the poem you're after:

Men at Forty
By Donald Justice

Men at forty 
Learn to close softly 
The doors to rooms they will not be 
Coming back to.

Men At Forty

You may be also interested in another poem of his, 'Men At Thirty':

Men At Thirty

And several of his other poems are here:

Plagiarist.Com: Donald Justice

You can read biographical information about Justice here:

Donald Justice

Interviews With Poets: Donald Justice

And you can read part of an interview with him here:

Donald Justice in conversation with Philip Hoy

I hope this is the poem you were thinking of.



Search strategy at Google: forty + doors + rooms
                           "donald justice"
nronronronro-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
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