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AHB Dispatches: Women of a Certain Age


Marilyn Henighan
In this issue, we bring you a poem by Marilyn Henighan of Ottawa, Ont., for our semi-regular feature, AHB Dispatches.

Women of a Certain Age

There is a midwinter spring
for women of a certain age.
I have seen it in the faces
of my friends.
A blazing beauty of expression that
flashes out like sun on ice.

Some inner chord struck, perhaps.
I wonder what,
to flash out with such intensity.
A memory maybe, long archived, unexpectedly coalesces with feeling and, for one brief moment,
yesterday becomes today,
spilling out with such joy
that winter melts away.