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Fathers grow pleased when

sons beat the competition

and ascend the ranks.

When one has waited a long

time for promotion

and it comes at last, one can’t

help reflecting that

it would have been nice sooner.

When a woman is honoured,

dignity is hers,

but, if her age is advanced,

she’ll have lost her looks;

may have less of an impact.

It’s sad, but it’s the world’s way.