A Nocturnal Pat on the Back

There were about a hundred men gathered – 
Old men who belonged to a club – 
And I was one of them.
As the president of the group stood
And made motions to dismiss us
He said: “I want to thank Brother Peery
For the great speech he made yesterday.”
There was some clapping and some whistling
As I took in the praise.
I was a bit embarrassed by the adulation. 
But it felt quite good to my emotional life
And I enjoyed it until I woke up
And noted that it was just 4:00 a.m.

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