It’s an ordinary day when
She begins to walk in my direction at the gym
And yet she catches my eye
This older woman with whitening hair
and dimming eyes
She clasps hands with a gentleman,
graying like herself.
What must it be like for her? To be
surrounded by those
younger, fitter, than she; those for whom
exercising is natural
and not yet the hard struggle that it
is for her?
Does she resent our youth, our agility that
so long ago abandoned her?
Does she see herself in the young women around her
and think, “If only they knew?”
Does she wonder where the time has gone or does she
treasure each remembered second?
She’s getting closer now, her eyes catch mine and
I can’t look away.
We share a smile as she passes by and for a moment
I can see it in her eyes
The young woman she used to be who has formed the
woman she is today.
Today’s poem was inspired by a real moment that only consisted of a few seconds at the gym. As I get older, I begin to be more aware of everyone else around me and I feel a grand sense of sonder (or the realization that everyone I see has just as complicated a life as I do with their own hopes, dreams, fears, and desires). When I saw this older woman, I felt instantly connected to her and wondered if she too had gone to the gym some 60 years ago, working out, trying to look her best for her future husband. Did she see older woman and wonder about them the way I wondered about her? I don’t know, but it was such an interesting moment, I had to write about it.
What about you? Do you ever see a stranger on the street and all the sudden realize that they are living their own unique life, they are not just a backdrop, but a real identity with wants and fears?
In other news, I’m heading off to my Bachelorette Weekend tomorrow! I won’t be on WordPress until Monday.
Have a great weekend!
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