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American Life in Poetry: Middle Age

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By Ted Kooser

Rhyming has a way of brightening a poem, and a depressing subject can become quite a bit lighter with well-chosen rhymes. Here's a sonnet by Mary Meriam, who lives in Missouri. Are there readers among you who have felt like this?

The Romance of Middle Age

Now that I'm fifty, let me take my showers

at night, no light, eyes closed. And let me swim

in cover-ups. My skin's tattooed with hours

and days and decades, head to foot, and slim

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