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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