Old Age Has an Unfair Face
Written By: Gwendolyn Jensen
Old age has an unfair face,
a scaly skin of gold and green,
the tissue of a body’s snarge,
of its collision with the end.
Old age has no set place
but the urgency of wanting
more, a thirst to stay alive,
a thirst for more, but not the why.
Old age defines itself in dreams—
like the dream of Leonardo,
of bird, of feathers, and of flight—
of things far from real, age dreams
of something real,
and no one cares,
About the Author
Gwendolyn Jensen began writing poems when she retired in 2001 from the presidency of Wilson College (Chambersburg, Pennsylvania). Her work has appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, the Harvard Review, Salamander, Sanskrit, and Measure. Her first book (Birthright, Birch Brook Press, 2011) is a letterpress edition, now in its second printing. Her second book (As If Toward Beauty, Birch Brook Press) was published in 2015. Her third book (also published by Birch Brook Press) is Graceful Ghost, a letterpress edition that will appear late in 2017 or early in 2018. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.