What Getting Older Means

Now I have a whole shelf of books

about getting older that shelf wasn’t there

before older a word I knew and didn’t a word like sex

you can’t actually imagine what happens

completely naked the way you haven’t been before

someone else naked right there with you.  Getting older is the same.

If we’re lucky we do.  Just like sex.  And then, if we try

to describe what happens, what actually happens although

maybe millions of others have successfully described

these common every day human things, sex and age for instance,

easy to miss how simple and mysterious they are,

small incidents of feeling and touch of years that are days

and days and years and the desire some of us have to say

what life is to describe sex and old and

the third of December in the morning.

 

Esther Cohen
Let me tell you why I'm here, and why I hope you'll join me. I am here to poem, to play with words, to tell stories when I can, and to ask you for yours. Words are what I love, how I see, and what I say. Words are how I know my life, and how I find my friends. I'm here to ask you to join me. Right here. To send me your stories, and your poems. And to read mine when you can.

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