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Rating: 3.0

Here I am in the garden laughing
an old woman with heavy breasts
and a nicely mapped face

how did this happen
well that's who I wanted to be

at last a woman
in the old style sitting
stout thighs apart under

a big skirt grandchild sliding
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Karen Sinclair 25 October 2012

Just perfect......this sets the scene in my minds eye of my past and future in equal measures.....wonderful...

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Alistair Graham 25 October 2013

Here I am now looking forward to retirement after reading this poem.

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Aftab Alam Khursheed 25 October 2014

This is the love sitting on the old and bulky branch cooing and oozing love so nice

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Liliana ~el 25 October 2013

Very sweet How time has passed Reflecting

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Ben In Seattle 19 November 2019

Who wouldn't want to be Grace Paley? An old woman able to look back at a full life of activism: laying down on fifth avenue in NY to block a military parade during a war, climbing fences to protest weapons of mass destruction, being investigated by the FBI and labelled a " communist" .

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Susan Williams 07 July 2016

Absolutely love this unexpected piece of sheer unadulterated joy-in-life poetry! It makes me want to meet the wonderful woman in this poem! ! ! I have to treasure this!

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Ben In Seattle 19 November 2019

There's a documentary about her here: http: //.gracepaleyvideo/

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Feelings are personal; Intimate and genuine; Thoughts are natural, fresh and candid; Meaning is profound and touching; Picture painted with all that is simply superb. Congrats for being the POD. X

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Edward Kofi Louis 07 July 2016

Identity! ! That's who i wanted to be. Thanks for sharing.

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Karen Sinclair 25 October 2014

Silly me. I'm in tears. What a perfectly formed piece of writing. I could see this picture so clearly and wanted to step in and smile. This is how poetry should be. Uncontrived, honest, beautifully put, welcoming, intimate and with a twist at the end to gather a smile.

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