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.