To all whom these Presents come, Greeting.
I, William Edward Schechter, of birth certificate, September 30, 1946
I, bunte nu, of grandfather Yiddish endearment,
I, Billy Schechter, of Bronx, Amalgamated, P.S. 95, Camp Kinder Ring,
DeWitt Clinton H.S., Ithaca,
I, Bill Schechter, of Boston and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional H.S.,
I, "B," to family and close friends,
do hereby attest:
First half-century completed.
(The second will
defeat me, I know)
For now, triumph-- survival to once
At fifty, how much absorbed,
how little resolved!
For now, tempests recede,
For now, ambitions mellow,
stoicism sown--a whole new crop.
The ocean turbulent, tossed by swells,
this voyage over, the volume completed,
as I turn toward the Golden Door.
It is in the distance.
I see it.