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Periwinkle Blue at 42

Published March 28, 2017 by April Fox

This is the age when I’m supposed to embrace myself,

to wrap my loving arms around my ego and my thighs and to

denounce the false ideals forced upon me by plastic fashion dolls

and runway models

built like I used to be, flat-assed, long-legged, stick limbs and a marked lack

of cleavage, false women who I heard

could not be real

and I was safe in my

imaginary skin.

This is the age when I should have my shit together

when I should have more than a pair of second-hand combat boots

and three more years to pay

on a car with missing hubcaps.

This is the age when I should walk

with confidence

full of all the wisdom

that I had at seventeen

head held high

wine glass in one hand,

the other reaching up to touch

my recently-trimmed hair

–I should have a girl who cuts my hair

and know the name of a restaurant

that accepts reservations

and doesn’t bring the food out

in red fake-woven baskets.

This is the age when I should pass

from weirdo to eccentric

when my t-shirts should be hip and retro

and not artifacts of life.

This is the age when I should know

what the fuck I should be doing, when I should

sleep

when people sleep and

feel

what people feel and know

by now

how to nod and smile and talk about the right things

at the right time

and my fingernails should not be painted black

for daytime and the kindergartener

swinging her legs

on the plastic chair

is grateful, perhaps

that at 42

she remembers that the best crayon

is periwinkle blue.

January 4 2015

Published January 4, 2015 by April Fox

Wouldn’t it be nice if age
crept up on us now like it did
when we were small
hidden behind smooth cheeks and shiny hair
long sun-browned limbs and the eternal
slowness
of youth
until it shone forth with some remarkable
First
A loose tooth, a love note, a wobbly two-wheeled flight
into the grass beside the road
A kiss, and then a heartbreak
Making us feel tall and wise and called full-speed ahead
into life

Instead, now, it marks our faces
dull graffiti showing us
whose turf we’re really on
dragging us ahead
past the mirrors that reflect
where we have been
streetlights burning out, no one there to call us home
the fading taste of homemade jambalaya on our tongues
the ribbons in our hair long since trampled
in the mud

We are taken by the hand and pulled
without grace or comprehension
through a sharp and stinging maze
of inevitable
Lasts.

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