Winter Term

Winter Term

Men reach a certain age and rest:
forty-five for a decade,
seventy-two until death.

Only in academia
does this happen to women as well.
Something about the books,
and all that youth to push against.

We reach a tousled middle-agedness
early, and then grow slowly into ourselves
until, at sixty, we are gorgeous,

our beauty like the poems we assign,
difficult to interpret
and enduring.

 ***

Karelia is author of Something TrueForgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before, The Admirer, and The Purveyor.

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