Dumpy semi-feminine somethings,
ambling rotund wrecks of time—
wraiths of increased girth and grayness;
womanhood unsublime . . .
Where the dignity in aging ?
Where a minimal decorum?
Could you not yet bear some vestige
presentable in public forum?
All I see are jowly short-hairs:
Dressed to dullness, clipped-face mean.
Form subsumed by frumpy function;
Surely God has taken vengeance
stealing thus your womanhood.
Is this sloth? Or liberation
. . . misunderstood.
Other cultures guard some glory,
seem to age with more élan:
picture nomads, desert queens
Chiseled faces, sculpted hard
by time and faith and fate and God
lines unsoftened by abundance
The Godless West lays waste to glory.
Is our ease of life to blame?
Casual geriatric matrons
bring us shame.
Is it North American only?
Is this just genetic traits?
All such mortal non-description
insults the fates.