3WW - Women, of a certain age

Bone, dear Bone, titled his blog so well: If you read ONLY ONE blog this year. That alone established he is clever. This post was intended to only be my Three Word Wednesday post, but really, don't just stop over there to read those posts, look around. You will find yourself reading and reading.

He gave us 4 perfect words as a prompt this week. I knew where I was going with them immediately: Magic -- Repeatedly -- Forty --Admit

I am posting my attempt here since I tried to move my poetry blog to its own domain -- it is not where it should be yet -- who knows where it will be hours from now, since I am not sure I did it right. So, for today, I give you the slightly tongue in cheek, slightly witchy poem (and no, I am not 40 or 45 , but 57).

If you aren't already participating, try it, you have only fun to gain. Besides exercising our brains is good for us. . . and we aren't children anymore. We do things good for us, right?

Women, of a certain age

There is magic in the air
as I reach forty today.
In their eyes I see simple
bright red nails arched
around my neck.

Some think they see
smugness in my youthful face
as they quickly toss
Happy Birthdays through the air

While most wishes touch my lips
(thank you)
others land
on the floor
(as intended
by those
whose arched hands
with red nails betray their

clarifies my words
(in reply to only those few)
as they strike from
my youthful lips
with practiced voice:

Why, thank you, I just love
repeating my fortieth,
people say
the nicest things.

I must admit, I am actually 45.


I'm in a mood, I actually spent time editing this, I normally post only drafts. So, let's not make it worse by copying my words. I am talking to only you -- the few who would -- not the majority, you wonderful people! (It is going to be a long, but interesting day.

Now, all of you, click on this link to read the cool things others wrote for 3WW, the 4 word version. Remember some write thoughts, some poetry, some short stories. . . Whatever your tastes, you will find something!


This Eclectic Life said...

That's a good one, Marcia. "Slightly witchy?" Naw, I'd say the woman in your poem went all the way. Not YOU, though...YOU wouldn't ever be that witchy...except in a poem, right?

Good luck with the move. Is Damien helping or do you have other support?

gautami said...

clarifies my words
(in reply to only those few)
as they strike from
my youthful lips
with practiced voice"

It made me laugh out loud. Don't we all feel that way at times?

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

This Eclectic Life - with syrupy voice, I say, Me? Never. That is what poems and stories are for. Heehee.

I am only moving that one to its own domain, keeping Blogger. It is this one I want to move to Wordpress.org and the sales department at the host suggested by a reliable source has ignored me for well over a week. . . Think they read syrup into my simple question?

Yes, Damien offered to help. Off to find a host, after I read more 3WW, everyone is on a roll today. Thank you for pointing out how far I took it, I mean the woman in the poem.

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

Gautami - I knew I wasn't alone in those feelings. Thank you for "confirming" it and commenting!

Gay said...

That was really lots of fun. I thought it was funny and tongue in cheek, more than witchy. And you write very youthfully. I would never have guessed your age. Revel in that. (I love acting young even if the damn calendar has a different opinion, you know? I did enjoy that my Personal Trainer was flirting with me until I told him I was 46, married and had a daughter graduating from high school. He's 22. Then he said, "Damn. If I asked my mom to do what you're doing, we'd be carrying her outta here on a stretcher." Great. I go from someone to flirt with to being compared to his mom. But I guess that's fair.)


Clockworkchris said...

Like a woman, lying about age. Oh why must you keep these sterotypes alive. JK...You explained in the beginning. Loved the whole thing but esp the 2nd, 4th, and 5th stanzas.

Bone said...

I found it very humorous and, as a man, somewhat insightful :) Great job, Marcia.

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

Gay - You cracked me up. Thank you. In my forties I could have maybe had that happen, from flirting to too old in a few sentences. Glad you liked it.

Clockworkchris - remember, many man won't even get the over 55 discount because they have to admit their age!
You know I love your telling me what you liked best!

Bone - Now, I know you already knew stuff like this went on, after all you are a man of words, not just other. . .

Thank y'all all for commenting today!

sage said...

Good poem--we do tend to life about our age and weight and...

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

Sage - Does seem to be that pattern in people, doesn't there. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

A Tag Along Traveler said...

love the first lines! What a way to end my week!

Marcia (MeeAugraphie) said...

A Tag Along Traveler - Glad you liked the beginning. Thank you for taking the time to comment.