Years – Love at Fifty by Marcia Woodruff

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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.


Love at Fifty
by Marcia Woodruff

We come together shy as virgins
with neither beauty nor innocence
to cover our nakedness, only
these bodies which have served us well
to offer each other.

At twenty we would have dressed each other
in fantasy, draping over the damp flesh,
or turned one another into mirrors
so we could make love to ourselves.

But there is no mistaking us now.
Our eyes are sadder and wiser
as I finger the scar on your shoulder
where the pin went in,
and you touch the silver marks on my belly,
loose from childbearing.

“We are real,” you say, and so we are,
standing here in our simple flesh
whereon our complicated histories are written,
our bodies turning into gifts
at the touch of our hands.


For the most part, this blog is about reading and writing m/m romances, but there are a few personal reflections, some writerly information, and a bit of writing practice. Thank you for stopping by.

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2 comments on “Years – Love at Fifty by Marcia Woodruff
  1. kirizar says:

    What has put your in such a poetical mood, I wonder. Regardless of the inspiration, I do enjoy these. The last two lines in particular touched a chord and made it sing.

  2. I did a post 3 or 4 days ago called Years. I talked a little about my 4 sibs and I growing older. My baby sister is very near the same age as you. As a joke I got her this anthology and really enjoyed several of the poems, so decided to share them. I set them up on a schedule and the first poem came up too soon – obscuring the first post. I think there’s only one more to go.

    After that, I’m back to NaNoWriMo. 🙂 I’m thinking of sharing Chuck Wendig’s NaPlYoNoMo post ….or whatever that was …he had me rolling on the floor! But planning is good…as is a bit of light poetry now and then. ❤

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