A New Job At This Age

Starting out once again anew, now known by few
Difficult to portray a new beginner now
All is foreign, amidst the trails of the warren
Round every corner a new portrayal to see
Meeting new faces, pressed to stay in good graces
Being judged by all upon being introduced
Newly a contender, or a mere pretender
Measuring also the worth of those around me
The lay of the land, checked with intent to command
Beginning days set the pace of the role attained
It just seems I am too old to play this lame game
Over the years, one has worked hard, passing one’s peers
Dedication at a job, not a ticket to success
The trend of hiring the youth, does not lead to truth
No value acknowledged in worth of the people
With age, how does one keep bringing that wanted wage
Each week companies laying off and off-shoring
Aged vines, are first sacrificed to the bottom lines
What choice does one now have but to keep one’s head down
Praying each day, they keep the stockholders at bay
A miserable existence to face each new day

The above poem is a modern attempt at a leonine verse.  A leonine verse is a verse consisting of hexameters in which the final syllable rhymes with one preceding the caesura, in the middle of the line.  A caesura is a break between words within a metrical foot or a pause near the middle of a line.
The name leonine traditionally comes from a 12th century poet, Leo, the Canon of Saint Victor’s in Paris, whose Latin verses used this device. It predates him, however, appearing in the Ars Amatoria of Ovid and in the Old English Rhyming Poem.
 An English example appears in Tennyson’s The Revenge:
And the stately Spanish men to their flagship bore him then,
Where they laid him by the mast, old Sir Richard caught at last,
And they praised him to his face with their courtly foreign grace.
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