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  Elderly Woman
by Mark M Lichterman
Sunday, March 16, 2014
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Notation: I am now a few days closer to age eighty than to age seventy-nine and am heading into my nineteenth month of marriage to a wonderful lady whom is five months closer to age seventy than age sixty-nine and I have never been happier nor seen any but the beauty of my, nearer seventy than sixty-nine year old bride.


“Elderly Woman “

 

As one that has always loved women;

as one that has always admired girls

then,

becoming older, women,

so often I have wondered of their thoughts

when gazed upon first by boys

then later in life by men,

and now,

beyond middle age

approaching “old Age” ...?

 

Though,

I must admit

I have always been,

when younger

and now older,

I have always been one

to look upon and so admire the

beauty of a passing,

when younger, girl and now,

as I am older,

the retained beauty

of an elderly woman.

 

Still...

Still I wonder how this passing woman

must feel when at one time,

when in her youth she was gazed upon

with wishful longing,

but now,

when beyond middle age,

when approaching “Old Age”

when now the admiring looks of men no longer come.

 

When once annoyed by the lingering looks of men,

this woman may have drawn her sweater tightly about

or her jacket closer side to side.

 

But now,

now beyond middle age,

now approaching “Old Age”

does this once youthfully beautiful woman miss

the admiring looks of the opposite sex?

 

As for me,

as for this older man,

as for this old man I still look longingly

at this elderly woman,

this elderly woman who has retained the

shadow of her once youthful beauty

and can, in my thoughts, imagine the

beauty of this woman in the days of her youth,

and will...  

                                   

Occasionally I will approach                      

this woman that I do not know

with a smile and a gently,

sincerely  said,

“You look lovely today.”

Then the smile upon the face of this

once youthful beauty, brightening,

would remove the years of this

beyond middle aged woman 

would remove the years of this

approaching “elderly aged” woman. 

 

 

©March 16/2014/ Mark M. Lichterman

 

 

 




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Reviewed by Mary Elshaday
Such a beautiful write Mark. Know for sure that beauty is skin deep. If we can learn to love people for who they truly are without focussing on the outside, then beauty will never die. Your lovely poem so portrays that. Kudos! Mary
Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald
Markie, This is such a beautiful write. to someone in love, the one they love is always beautiful. Love is so much more than physical beauty I feel. It goes beyond that to show the inner beauty of the person you love for it shines always no matter what age they are. I am so very happy to be back and to read your wonderful work again.
hug
kathy
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton
Loved this poem, Mark, fine writing and honest assessment of the older women of this world. I have always been attracted to women who were a little older than I. Again, I enjoyed the poem, and yes, I was alone on my birthday, but don't be sorry for that. I have come to a time in my life where I have found peace, have forgiven all who needed to be forgiven, it took me a little longer to finally get around to forgiving myself. I'm happy, and that is something I really have never been at any point in my life.
Reviewed by Diana Wiles
A very thoughtful write...personally I feel I have grown into myself as I get older...
I no longer reject compliments, or am obsessed by the way I look. I once was told in my youth that the reason I didn't get a library job was because I was too good looking and would distract the male students! Lol
I think a lot to do with how we age is how we think about the subject...I don't expect to age negatively and I look after my health and body...nothing terrible has happened yet!
I am so glad you are happy..
My best wishes,
Diana...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
I like to say that "some women age gracefully," because they were initially very beautiful and took care of themselves throughout life. Like you, I admire aging beauty as as much as youthful beauty. I must take it upon myself to complement more elderly women who deserve it because from my experience, as a woman ages, regardless of her inner or outer beauty, she begins to doubt when she sees what she thinks is her beauty fading.

Recently, I saw a picture of my great aunt with her three children when she was in her early 20s. With a long nose, she seemed rather homely in the pictures of the time. The two girls turned into stunning beauties in high school that made me embarrassed just see them when I was still just a child (love of my cousins at first sight?). A fourth child, a beautiful girl, was tragically hit by a car while leaving her school bus in front of her mother's view and has suffered lifelong brain damage. My great aunt's hair turned silver white upon that tragedy.

Long after my great uncle died, I often visited my great aunt and admired her beauty as she aged into her 80s. At one time she confided in me that, "That old coot is after me." But she never remarried.

Ron
Reviewed by Isabella Koldras
Poem of charm
heartfelt sensitivity and
compassion
that forever will stand here to rave about
the dignity, generosity and caring nature of
multitalented individual...in her own right
and time...when "age" becomes...an extent
of her virtues.
Love this poem to pieces!


Reviewed by Kathy Parenteau
Yes we may be getting older but it takes time for the world to see
the beauty that was once on the outside, forever dwells in the heart of me!

Kathy
Reviewed by Sandie Angel
Women don't grow old overnight, they grow older each and everyday, gracefully! And to the one who loves his woman, she will always be the princess she once was, and is always beautiful to him.

Sandie :o)
Reviewed by Budd Nelson
yes it does
budd
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price
It's nice to be appreciated. Have a good day. Liz
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