Treasure Island

David McLansky

(5/24/1944 / New York City)

In Praise of Older Women


Give me not
Your nubile girls
Experts on the course of life,
Whose baby cheeks
Unshadowed eyes
Bespeak the fact
They've never cried.

Give to me
A love of sorrow
Whose flesh has known
Fear of tomorrow;
Whose hands have shaken
With life's knowledge
Never gained
By years of college.

Give to me
A love whose sated
Scores of lovers
Proved ill-fated,
Grateful for the touch
That brings
The revival of
Youth's fateful Spring.

Give me not
Your heart unbroken,
The n'er betrayed
By words unspoken,
Who never watched
Love walk away,
The unforsworn
On rainy days.

Submitted: Monday, March 24, 2014
Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

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  • F. J. Thomas (8/4/2014 7:36:00 AM)

    Many a tired woman would read this and smile David. You would make a woman who has forgotten the beauty of her youth and not yet recognized the beauty in her age feel wanted again. Beautiful David (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (7/8/2014 9:04:00 AM)

    Speaking as an older woman let me say bravo a man[ as we say in Ireland ] who knows his onions. The poem is delightful also well done (Report) Reply

  • Eugene Levich (5/12/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    I don't know what I most admire- your good taste in poetry or your good taste in women! (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (3/26/2014 5:34:00 AM)

    David, you are a rascal. I hope you haven't been exploiting these older women of whom you speak so eloquently. (At least, not wiithout me)
    Have a look at the lady in my profile. I found her when she was 70.
    So I know of what you speak, and it's all good.
    lol (Report) Reply

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