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Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry – Ageing- By Ruth Fainlight

I wanted to celebrate my birthday with you this weekend, tomorrow I will be another year older and I am bursting with gratitude to you all. We are fertilised by time thus allowing our individual uniqueness to blossom. Each one of our powerful hearts, illuminate and inspire, enabling us to conjoin and to share. Thank you to each and everyone of you, we are one!

This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is a poem aptly entitled ‘Ageing’ by Ruth Fainlight.“Fainlight provided a role model for women poets at a time when sexism and tokenism were nastily predominant” The Guardian. Born in New York in 1931, Fanlight is a poet, short-story writer and translator. She has lived in England since the age of 15. Her most recent book is Moon Wheels (2006).


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Since early middle-age

(say around forty)

I’ve been writing about ageing,

poems in many registers:

fearful, enraged or accepting

as I moved through the decades.


Now that I’m really old

there seems little left to say.

Pointless to bewail

the decline, bodily and mental;

undignified; boring

not to me only but everyone,


and ridiculous to celebrate

the wisdom supposedly gained

simply by staying alive.

– Nevertheless, to have faith

that you’ll be adored as an ancient

might make it all worthwhile.



Ageing means smiling at babies

in their pushchairs and strollers

(wondering if I look as crazy

as Virginia or Algernon –

though I don’t plan to bite!)

Realising I’m smiling at strangers.


It means no more roller-skating.

That used to be my favourite

sport, after school, every day:

to strap on my skates,

spin one full circle in place,

then swoop down the hill and away.


When I saw that young girl on her blades,

wind in her hair, sun on her face,

like a magazine illustration

from childhood days, racing

her boyfriend along the pavement:

– then I understood ageing.

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