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116| Old Love

Cathleen Calbert


Old love may bend with the euphemistic
Remover to . . . remove. Hey, that’s life, jack,
Death snickers. When you’re young, idealistic,
Amour seems like it could kick Time’s nut sack,
But when the sands in the glass turn hair gray,
Bellies to sagging bags, there’s less hot lust
Jazzing up your blood. If mild warmth can stay
Through TV-nights, weak-coffee days, you must
Give thanks for this less than splashy win, dear.
Though “True” Love’s not Time’s fool, we are to think
Life’s changes won’t conquer all but our fear
Of the one thing we know for sure. Let’s sink
Into our bed, fairest, not wait for worse.
As Will knew, lovers lie. From this, comes verse.

Cathleen Calbert’s poetry and prose have appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine, The New York Times, and The Paris Review. She is the author of three books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press), Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books), and Sleeping with a Famous Poet (C.W. Books). She has been awarded The Nation Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Mary Tucker Thorp Award from Rhode Island College, where she professes.

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