Ruth Fainlight

(1931 / New York City / United States)

Ruth Fainlight Poems

1. Borrowed Time 2/8/2018
2. Ageing 5/14/2015

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Since early middle-age
(say around forty)
I've been writing about ageing,
poems in many registers:
fearful, enraged or accepting
as I moved through the decades.

Now that I'm really old
there seems little left to say.
Pointless to bewail
the decline, bodily and mental;
undignified; boring
not to me only but everyone,

and ridiculous to celebrate
the wisdom supposedly gained
simply by staying alive.
- Nevertheless, to have faith
that you'll be adored as an ancient
might make it all worthwhile.

Ageing means smiling at ...

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