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Strangers Smile                                                     
 
I think Iíve seen this room before,
Though Iíve no memory for places.
Strangers smile; Iím fairly sure
I ought to recognize their faces.
 
Though Iíve no memory for places,
My son, I know, is forty-three.
I ought to recognize their faces;
My children often visit me.
 
My son is nearly thirty-three;
My headís in such a dizzy whirl!
My children sometimes visit me;
My daughter has a little girl.
 
My headís in such a dizzy whirl,
It makes me feel a proper fool!
My daughterís just a little girl,
Whoíll soon be old enough for school.
 
I think my son is twenty-three.
Though strangers smile, Iím fairly sure
My children never visit me.
Iíve never seen this room before.

Brian Allgar


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