FIFTY-YEAR-OLD WOMAN

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Too young
To rock
Her days
Away on
The porch,
Too old
To use
Her beauty
As leverage,
Negotiating
Her way
Into a
Better life
Than her
Mother knew. Somewhere
Between
These two
Lies
The truth;
Written
About
In the
Notebooks
Of angels.

Alice Parris

Feeling Fabulous at fifty-nine

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