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THEN

I was downcast
in those Depression days...

Read
the report again
Recession
recedes
Recast
the projection...

When energy is brisk
effort
earns interest
proven performance
precludes
the heavy risk

Watch
the upward trend
your yield
is faith
rich returns
goodwill, prestige
his well-earned dividend

No longer a pretender
for achievement’s crown
he enters
his chosen arena
a deserving contender

He wears with pride
golden gloves of trust
all apposition is denied
he turns professional

NOW
It all adds up
adversity is past
the analysis correct
reward arrives
at last!