Years – A Woman at Forty by Enid Shomer

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This poem can be found in the anthology “When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple” edited by Sandra Martz.

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A Woman at Forty
by Enid Shomer

A woman at forty
stands long at her mirror
as though it were a pool
that could smooth
the distortions of her face.

On the street she walks
as if each step led her
to an altar, and any corner
might straighten out
her life.

She cultivates flowers,
drapes everything with polished chintz.
Among friends she speaks little
but her hands, moving from hair
to lips to lap

tell the same story
as the bit actress
who inadvertently points to herself
as she declaims the entrance
of the queen.

At night she listens for a knock
on the door, though everyone
she knows is asleep.
Through her window stars
which once granted wishes
are burning as they retreat.

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2 comments on “Years – A Woman at Forty by Enid Shomer
  1. kirizar says:

    I have to wonder, as I see 40 disappearing fast behind me, what is left for the woman soon to turn 50? Star dust and half-remembered dreams fading in the night?

  2. Oh, no, Kirizar! The world is still your oyster. I see you as being in a completely different place from the woman of the poem. Aren’t you the woman who was feeling so empowered at one point with fixing your own plumbing? Am I remembering accurately? I’m not a great one to read blogs, but the spirit of that post of yours has stayed with me. It was memorable. For you, 50 is a new beginning, a blank page full of possibility. I would say those stars are shining just as brightly and wish-filled as ever.

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