DELICIOUS

 Forty-year old men have grace unseen
 in younger men, however fine.
 Their depth of voice and solid stance shivers my spine. 
 With shoulders for children and eyes for business, 
 tortoise shell glasses for slight correction,
 they give and also take direction.
 

 Aware that stamina won’t trump skill
 they accept the limits of their will.
 They’re fathers, lovers, friends of substance
 with minds like rooms, ideas abundant
 neither peace nor conflict rocks their stride. 
 They step out boldly or move aside.
 

 I could watch, enjoy them by the hour,
 those thickened backs and thighs of power.
 I love their jaws with new grown stubble
 their easy way approaching trouble. 
 I sigh remembering a lover - forty years 
 in the making - one afternoon in the taking.
 

 

40 year olds are delicious

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Cynthia M. Sheward

Cynthia Sheward has written poetry since she was a child. She was born in Massachusetts but spent her young life in New Jersey. She applied her English degree from Arcadia University teaching junior-senior high school in Vermont the 70’s. In the 80s, she and her husband built their own house with their own hands in the mountains of North Carolina. In the 90s, she returned to NJ where she worked for a Fortune 500 corporation until her retirement. Her work has been published in Friends Journal, Evening Street, the Bennington Banner, Fiber Arts Magazine, the Mountain Times and various other print media. She currently resides in Jupiter, Florida.

6 thoughts on “DELICIOUS”

  1. Oh, Cindy, I love this. Thought of Ty and Nathan as I read it. It fits them both so well although you didn’t write it for them. Love you, Pat

    On Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 10:17 AM A WELL-TRAVELED HEART wrote:

    > Cynthia M. Sheward posted: ” Forty-year old men have grace unseen in > younger men, however fine. Their depth of voice and solid stance shivers my > spine. With shoulders for children and eyes for business, tortoise shell > glasses for slight correction, they give and al” >

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