Through the Eyes of a Woman

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Through the Eyes of a Woman

A poem 



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Through the eyes of an ageing woman

are hints of desire lost, of aimless flirts with lust.

Once a beauty, skin placid with decades of disappointment.

Memories of partners, departed and forever vanished.

Of children birthed and on,

to seek out perplexities for themselves;

are seldom at her side--now.

There was once romance and

only in dreams are invitations to walze

on starlit nights.

New worry lines tell of a life hard-lived;

the many heartaches.

Sagging eyelids pronounce

the evitability of gravity.

Now fear resides in a destiny unknown,

alone and unsure.

Now, only in dreams, a breath of amnesty;

a remission from the everyday

realities and confusion.

Until one day, she will join them.

Those gone before, the ones she 

dreams of, the ones she loves.

Until time finally relieves her. 



Shirley Langton 2021


Submitted: January 21, 2021

© Copyright 2021 Shirley M. Langton. All rights reserved.

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Lea Rachel

This is heart warming and touching. I love it...

Thu, January 21st, 2021 7:06pm


Thank you Lea.

Thu, January 21st, 2021 12:00pm

Stormbird Throneshaker

In the beginning, you are surrounded by family and friends until those days turn into years, then as they increase in number, family, friends, even loves, are lost to a time when all you have is yourself and the memories of yesteryear.
And no one can escape those final days as life ebbs.
This speaks volumes to all of us.

Fri, January 22nd, 2021 1:34am

Criss Sole

This one really spoke to me, and i especially love the line, "Once a beauty, skin placid with decades of disappointment ."
Time can certainly wear us all down. I know that feeling all too well.
Great poem!

Fri, January 22nd, 2021 7:53am


Thanks, Criss, I am feeling it myself lately, of course, I am at that age now. Shirley

Fri, January 22nd, 2021 7:23am

Jake J. Harrison

Truly captured the heaviness of aging in this poem. I'd like to think there is some upside. Perhaps in knowing yourself better and understanding that a perfect day is so rare that it needs to be truly treasured and enjoyed. The young think there are an unlimited supply of them. Still, I hope I have more than a handful left. Thanks for getting me thinking.

Sun, February 7th, 2021 8:12pm


Thanks for your comments Jake.

Sun, February 7th, 2021 2:25pm

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