Approaching Menopause

Just like the pull of the moon on the tide, this poem pulls at my heart. What a fascinating and marvelous way to look at menopause. Wendy Vardaman’s poems, reviews and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of anthologies and journals. When not writing, she home-schools two of her three children and volunteers for small, valuable arts organizations. — Fabu

Approaching Menopause

Let the moon pull
hard—let her exert
herself, as a mother
might. Let her pull
the blanket
of the highest tide
up around the chin
of my house, then don’t
stop, but cover
it to the top in thick
water down. Let
her wash away
what I own
and what owns
me. Let me find
one sound
hour’s rest under
her watchful eye.
 

Fabu is Madison's Poet Laureate. Adult poets are invited to submit poems of twenty lines or less to Blkpoetess68@hotmail.com for possible publication in Madison Magazine.

Audio productions provided courtesy of Haggar Audio.

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