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  Thy Name Is…
by Mark M Lichterman
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
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Thy Name Is…


Fresh from a shower,

makeup not yet applied

the woman stood nude before

a full length mirror.


A day less than six months,

one day less than six months

from that day that brought

her closer to age fifty

than age forty-nine


Now into what might be

referred to as

“middle age,”

the woman remembered

what she had thought

of herself,

the woman remembered

how she had felt

about herself

a mere day earlier.


One day earlier,

when she was younger,

when she was closer to

age forty-nine

than age fifty,

her face,

her figure,

everything about her

was exactly as she wished;

she was beautiful!


She was beautiful!

She knew it each time

she looked in the mirror.

She knew it by the way people,

especially men,

looked at her,

she knew it by the way people,

especially men,

treated her.


But that is not,

so the woman thought,

that is not

as it would be now.


Looking in the full length mirror:

Now one day closer to age fifty

than age forty-nine,

looking in the full length mirror

her face appeared haggard,

her eyes shadowed,

her breasts sagged,

her hips and buttocks thicker

her stomach soft and

crossed with stretch marks.



big busted,

the woman’s breasts had always sagged.


the pregnancy caused

stretch marks had faded to hardly

noticeable lines across her abdomen.


the woman’s stomach, hips and buttocks

were slightly larger and slightly rounder.

And yes,

The woman’s facial features had softened.


On this day,

one day closer to age fifty

than age forty-nine,

on this day,

in the woman’s mind,

the image reflected in the mirror,

what she saw,

what she could not accept

was the image of a mature woman.


In truth,


the woman was lovelier than ever.



Thy Name is Woman


©May 16, 2012 / Mark M. Lichterman







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Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/22/2012
Powerfully written piece!
Yes, age has a way of distorting and fracturing a woman's self reflection, but in truth...thank you for your wonderful least inside, if not also physically in some ways, we do get better and better.
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 5/21/2012
Omg, this is brilliant! The theme, the mood, the rhyme and flow and honesty touched me deeply! Me being her, if I were vain.. Thank you, Mark, you've brought a wry smile to my face, sweetly.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/19/2012
What a difference a day makes.....or so the song goes. My vanity failed me years ago, compliments of beer and sausages. Patrick
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/16/2012
For some reason, this continual lament of woman entranced me. Perhaps it was the slow pace of development, or the repetition that I was entranced by, nonetheless, I was. Very good writing.

Reviewed by Laura Fall 5/16/2012
Excellent writing indeed my friend Laura
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/16/2012

Reviewed by Felix Perry 5/16/2012
There is so much truth in this statement but I think it can be applied to all of us in one way or another...the mirror seems to become for some reason our enemy the older we get...
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