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A Dog on his Master

As young as I look,
I am growing older faster than he,
Seven to one
is the ratio they tend to say.

Whatever the number,
I will pass him one day
and take the lead
the way I do on our walks in the woods.

And if this ever manages
to cross his mind,
it would be the sweetest
shadow I have ever cast on snow or grass.

by Billy Collins

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Vitality

The true opposite of depression is vitality – the ability to feel a full range of emotions, including happiness, joy, pride, but also including sadness and grief.
(Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon)