guided by temperament
whether young or old
My response to Carpe Diem Weekend Meditation #61 New Feature … Intro,
where the challenge is to use the offered quotation from classical literature
(in this case, an excerpt from Plato’s “The Republic”) as inspiration is a senryū,
with my focus on this latter part of the excerpt:
The truth is, Socrates, that these regrets, and also the complaints about relations, are to be attributed to the same cause, which is not old age, but men’s characters and tempers; for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
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