Villanelle w a Refrain from The Wall Street Journal

Your twenties, thirties, forties you’re a bull —
If you think of life as something like the Dow.
Though death of course is unavoidable,

You’re rising so fast rising’s almost dull,
Your daily highs untested by a low.
Your twenties, thirties,forties you’re a bull,

And life, for now, is fast and overfull–
For now, you might say, chuckling, for now–
Though death, of course, is unavoidable.

You’re savvy enough, I’m sure, and fully able
To plan for when the market starts to slow.
Your twenties, thirties, forties, you’re a bull,

And your hours, all, are billable,
As you tell others what, but mostly how,
Though death, of course, is unavoidable.

Like contracts, life is fully voidable,
"Allow" deferring soon to "disallow."
Your twenties,thirties, forties, you’re a bull,
Though death, of course, is unavoidable.

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