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')

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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.

Published in BEYOND THE DARK ROOM, 2012


  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. ;)