From the time we are born, our bodies change. But as we age, the dramatic changes seem to take us by surprise. Our eyesight may dim, our hearing fade, our joints may ache, and our hair – oh, my gosh, where did it go?
I’ve noticed that as we experience these changes, people react differently to them. You may have experienced the person who can’t do anything but talk about their latest operation or how awful their arthritis makes them feel.
Janet Hoult is not one of those people. She is professor emeritus at California State Universitiy, Los Angeles. She’s now in her seventies and definitely not constantly gripping about her ailing body. She qualifies as someone who is joyfully retired. She took a look at all the changes to our Body Parts and wrote poetry. The best thing is that she made the poems humorous. Let me give you a few teasers:
What happened to this memory
That once I often flaunted?
Now when I go to get something
I forget what it was I wanted.
–from Memory Lapses
From Hair Today-Gone Tomorrow
I guess I need to age with grace
To understand that that’s my place
To lose some hair and grow some other
To look more and more like my brother.
My brother! Oh no! No please!
I’ll try the wax; I’ll even tweeze!
From Clouds In My Eyes
Is that a cloud before my eyes
Or are they growing dimmer,
Like water covering my face
When I was once a swimmer?
My favorite is a poem titled Knees with apologies to Joyce Kilmer. The first couple of lines go like this:
I think that I shall never see
A replacement lovely as a knee.
Anyone over a “certain age” will be able to identify with the author’s poems. I loved laughing along with the author. If you haven’t entered this certain age yet, you might consider this book for your parents or grandparents.
Thanks to the author for sending me this review copy. Body Parts: A Collection of Poems About Aging is available on Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)