50

She has
An upper plate
Yellowed nails
Three ex-husbands
And a strident
                              Laugh
That grows
                        Louder
and
                        Louder
and
                        Louder
Each year

But
She is
Only
          50

She has
A misplaced son
An empty bed
A narrow mind
And a wizened
                               Heart
That grows
                        Smaller
and
                        Smaller
and 
                        Smaller
Each year

But
She is
Only
           50

She has
The house
The car
The cat
The clothes
The bent
Of an
Old
         Woman

But
She is
Only
            50

I think
               Somehow
That
            50
Is not
The New
                 30
For her

©S. Rogers 2008

10 thoughts on “50

  1. Jeffrey says:

    I liked this one a lot. I love the way it flows. Very evocative.

  2. catgem says:

    so wonderful to see you here, dear Jeffrey — I linked your blog to my front page — i hope you don’t mind

    thank you for reading and commenting,
    Stephanie

  3. keith says:

    Hi Stephanie
    50 is a big one but I am rapidly approaching 65 and i am in better health/shape now than then. I am not saying that 65 is the new 40 but maybe it can be.
    Enjoy this new endeavor
    MeAgain

  4. catgem says:

    Keith — thanks so much for stopping by — I hope you’ll do so often

    i’ll hit my 50 in 3 years — far too close for me — but i hope i’ll handle it better than the woman who inspired this piece — lol

    thanks again 🙂

  5. darcey says:

    As usual you have never dissapointed me in your writing. having turned 50 several years ago, i never worried about aging until turning 50 had a few surprises of its own in store for me. I hate it! sorry to say but this is not what i had planned. lol your peom serves it well from my perspective sorry to say. I guess we all have our own life experiences to account for where we are and what has taken us down the paths we wind up walking.

  6. darcey says:

    Sometimes I do think I am part cat having so many different lifes I dont even know what number I am on at this point1

  7. nosilverlining says:

    I really liked this one… but I’ll make you guess who this is.

  8. catgem says:

    darcey — thanks so much for reading and commenting — oh, and I think i’m down to about 4 lives left 😉

    nosilverlinging…. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…. you know how curious cats are!!!

  9. Sabrina says:

    i think anyone can choose to age gracefully…
    it’s a matter of perspective. i’m still in my twenties but i hope i can reach that age and choose to be happy. i hope. 🙂
    by the way, nice topic. and as always, the flow of your poem is beautiful

  10. catgem says:

    Sabrina — you’re so right — just keep that in mind and every age will be a good one for you 🙂

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