Hard-up in all except his youth, competitors were few,
Old men he spurned, their ways o’erturned, and thus his wealth soon grew.
‘Person of Power’, they glibly said, and he believed it true.
Expecting all would honour him, he spent quadruple-fold,
Full of strength till age caught up; he then became less bold.
Useful limbs now turned to rust, and much to his dismay,
Life spent and fortune squandered, he found he’d had his day.

The acronym, HOPEFUL (Hard-up old person expecting full, useful life), was spotted recently in an article in Melbourne’s newspaper, The Age.
The somewhat uneven rhythm of the poem is a by-product of the embedded first word acronym.

Image: Banksy in Boston: Follow Your Dreams CANCELLED, Essex St, Chinatown, Boston. Credit: Chris Devers. Uploaded from Flickr and used under Creative Commons Attribution, NonCommercial, NoDerivatives.

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