I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world,
to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

Some of these poems are autobiographical, some are entirely fictional, and some are a mixture of both. The intention is art rather than self-expression. I don't allow factual details to get in the way of poetry! (I do seek emotional truth.) They are works in progress, and may be subject to revision without notice. Completed versions appear in my books. Nevertheless copyright applies to all texts found here. Copyright also applies to almost all photos posted here, most of which are my own, though a few are licensed under Creative Commons.
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12 March 2011

Growing Old Disgracefully

‘A nude woman!’
he shouts with joy,
encountering me moving
thus unencumbered
from bedroom to bath,
bathroom to bed.

‘Aren’t you lucky!’ I say.
‘How many men of 82
have nude women
wandering their homes?’
‘Not too many,’ he guesses,
and grins. ‘Yes, I am lucky.’

And I think to myself,
How many women of 71
have their nudity greeted
by men shouting for joy?
Not too many, I think.
I know who’s lucky.


  1. Thank you. I loved this. Now have a copy of Secret Leopard coming in the mail.

  2. Sharon, I'm so glad you loved this poem, and I hope you love Secret Leopard too. Thank you for buying it.

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  4. Sorry, I messed something up in the last post and couldn't figure out how to edit. I deleted and started over.

    Here goes.

    I posted the link to it on one of my forums on Ravelry (we were talking about being feisty crones, with knitting needles, no less) and it was a hit. Someone else one the list got one, too.

    Just received my first poem from the email list and have tucked it away for a nice read later.

    Thanks again. It is nice to enjoy such a delicious celebration of life at it's best.

  5. Thank you again, too! I think you will particularly enjoy the last poem in the book, as well. ;)