Given our name and our mission, we at Women’s Voices for Change feel little need to offer equal time to male poets, but every once in a while a deeper voice reminds us that change is indeed a shared human experience. Recently, our falconing friend, Mary Ellen Rooney, was the recipient of a poem written by a friend who’d taken a road trip and mused on the beauty of the later seasons of a woman’s life. She asked, “Would we ever consider . . .?” We were happy to reply “Yes,” and we are equally happy to present this lovely tribute-to-our-readers to our readers. —Ed.
In Praise of an Older Woman, by Gordon Gilbert
In her green youth
Spring was in her step
The fragrant scent of flowers bright
Enchanted and seduced all men
As her beauty blossomed
Past spring’s green age of folly now
Before leaves fall
As fall leaves us
To winter’s stark bare limbs
And memories of younger seasons
Her fall foliage commands our admiration
Imperiously demands appreciation
Of a wiser, seasoned season
As fall nips the air
And her green leaves
Oh, the colors wonderful
Of red and purple, orange and rust
That always lay beneath
And come to light
In her fall!
Gordon Gilbert has been a West Village resident in NYC since the mid-seventies—and yet he discovered the spoken-word scene only four years ago. Since then, there has been an outpouring of poetry, short stories, monologues, and a play. He currently hosts monthly celebrations of Beat Generation writers (male and female) at the Yippie Museum Café. Since November, he has staged five performances of “Monologues from the Old Folks’ Home,” with a cast of 17—dramatic productions he has written and is producing and directing. Gordon may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.