Monday, August 15, 2016

Aging Gracefully - Poem: Lovely Are the Older Women

by Frank O'Hara

Lana Turner has collapsed!
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful
but I never actually collapsed
oh Lana Turner we love you get up


My friend "Anna" is mildly traumatized by having just turned 70.

Here is a poem I've just written for her.

Lovely are the older women
lovely the lines etched in
their dew-dimpled faces
for all the heartache
they've suffered and

Heart attacks
Plantar fasciitis
Broken bones and
Empty hearts

Such is the fare
distributed to
women born women

Rise up and claim
your victory, Olympic

Rise up and claim
your coin purse of
virtues: Wisdom
Acceptance Tolerance

Do not count down your
days. Instead think of
all the breads you can
bake, the piano sonatas
you can play, the dangling
earrings you can make.

Jump jump jump into the
ocean of life. Feel the
frothy waves caressing
your body. The body
of the one unique you.
The one. Unique. You.


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